Men 'hold back' on visits to doctors

5 November 2012

Men are more at risk of developing health complications because they are less active in visiting a doctor or pharmacist than women, according to a new study.

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) found that the majority of men (90 per cent) don't want to go to the trouble of booking an appointment with a doctor if they perceive their illness or ailment not to be serious.

It was also revealed that when men have been given a prescription for medicine, they will ask their female partners to pick it up.

A consequence of this is that men have, on average, less face-to-face contact with medical professionals.

Mike Holden, chief executive of the NPA, urged men to get more active with their wellbeing, advising them to work with health professionals to "get a firm grip" on their health.

"With the help of their local pharmacy team, men can do more to stay well, not just get treatment when they are sick," he added.

"A face-to-face discussion with the pharmacist can be the key to safer and more effective medicines use. Most pharmacies now have consultation areas, where you can talk with the pharmacist without being overheard."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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