Health innovation project: A concept paper on a virtual health promotion program for men

Tong Seng Fah, Ee Ming Khoo, Wah Yun Low, Chirk Jenn Ng, Chin Hoong Wong, Harmy Mohd Yusoff, Ahmad Ihsan Abu Bakar, Hui Meng Tan, Moyez Jiwa

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Abstract

Many causes of mortality and morbidities in men are preventable. Men's poor engagement in health-promoting activities has been attributed to the socially constructed male gender identity. Hence, health innovations to promote men's health have to take into the account their social identity and health-seeking behavior. The innovation should be flexible, interactive, discreet, informative, and user-friendly. It should also facilitate selfcare. Innovations that deploy information and computer technology (ICT) are promising. MyMan, a future web and mobile application that incorporates self-assessment, individual risk calculation, projection of future health status, and tailored advice, is in the process of prototype development for testing in the community. The main concern about this application is that it may have limited usefulness to an ICT-naïve population. However, this may be overcome by having a similar application in health clinics where assistance in using the technology can be provided. A randomized controlled trial will be conducted to examine the effectiveness of this innovation, which takes into account men's needs for convenience and privacy. Given the widespread use and flexibility of ICT, it has great potential and deserves further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-9
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Men's Health
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014

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Health Promotion
Technology
Health
Mobile Applications
Men's Health
Social Identification
Privacy
Health Status
Randomized Controlled Trials
Morbidity
Mortality
Population

Keywords

  • Health promotion
  • Health-seeking behavior
  • Information and computer technologies
  • Masculinities
  • Men's health

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Urology

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Health innovation project : A concept paper on a virtual health promotion program for men. / Seng Fah, Tong; Khoo, Ee Ming; Low, Wah Yun; Jenn Ng, Chirk; Wong, Chin Hoong; Yusoff, Harmy Mohd; Abu Bakar, Ahmad Ihsan; Tan, Hui Meng; Jiwa, Moyez.

In: Journal of Men's Health, Vol. 11, No. 1, 01.03.2014, p. 4-9.

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Seng Fah, T, Khoo, EM, Low, WY, Jenn Ng, C, Wong, CH, Yusoff, HM, Abu Bakar, AI, Tan, HM & Jiwa, M 2014, 'Health innovation project: A concept paper on a virtual health promotion program for men', Journal of Men's Health, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 4-9. https://doi.org/10.1089/jomh.2013.0020
Seng Fah, Tong ; Khoo, Ee Ming ; Low, Wah Yun ; Jenn Ng, Chirk ; Wong, Chin Hoong ; Yusoff, Harmy Mohd ; Abu Bakar, Ahmad Ihsan ; Tan, Hui Meng ; Jiwa, Moyez. / Health innovation project : A concept paper on a virtual health promotion program for men. In: Journal of Men's Health. 2014 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 4-9.
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