Men’s health index: A pragmatic approach to stratifying and optimizing men’s health

Chee Kong Christopher Ho, Wei Phin Tan, Jun Hoe Wong, Hui Meng Tan, Chin Hai Teo, Chirk Jenn Ng

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Abstract

Purpose: The proposed Men’s Health Index (MHI) aims to provide a practical and systematic framework for comprehensively assessing and stratifying older men with the intention of optimising their health and functional status.

Materials and Methods: A literature search was conducted using PubMed from 1980 to 2012. We specifically looked for instruments which: assess men’s health, frailty and fitness; predict life expectancy, mortality and morbidities. The instruments were assessed by the researchers who then agreed on the tools to be included in the MHI. When there was disagreements, the researchers discussed and reached a consensus guided by the principle that the MHI could be used in the primary care setting targetting men aged 55-65 years.

Results: The instruments chosen include the Charlson’s Combined Comorbidity-Age Index; the International Index of Erectile Function-5; the International Prostate Symptom Score; the Androgen Deficiency in Aging Male; the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe Frailty Instrument; the Sitting-Rising Test; the Senior Fitness Test; the Fitness Assessment Score; and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21. A pilot test on eight men was carried out and showed that the men’s health index is viable.

Conclusions: The concept of assessing, stratifying, and optimizing men’s health should be incorporated into routine health care, and this can be implemented by using the MHI. This index is particularly useful to primary care physicians who are in a strategic position to engage men at the peri-retirement age in a conversation about their life goals based on their current and predicted health status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-717
Number of pages8
JournalKorean Journal of Urology
Volume55
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

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Retirement
Health Status
Research Personnel
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Life Expectancy
Health Surveys
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Androgens
Comorbidity
Prostate
Primary Health Care
Consensus
Anxiety
Depression
Morbidity
Delivery of Health Care
Mortality

Keywords

  • Health status indicators
  • Men
  • Physical fitness
  • Retirement

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  • Urology
  • Medicine(all)

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Ho, C. K. C., Tan, W. P., Wong, J. H., Tan, H. M., Teo, C. H., & Ng, C. J. (2014). Men’s health index: A pragmatic approach to stratifying and optimizing men’s health. Korean Journal of Urology, 55(11), 710-717. https://doi.org/10.4111/kju.2014.55.11.710

Men’s health index : A pragmatic approach to stratifying and optimizing men’s health. / Ho, Chee Kong Christopher; Tan, Wei Phin; Wong, Jun Hoe; Tan, Hui Meng; Teo, Chin Hai; Ng, Chirk Jenn.

In: Korean Journal of Urology, Vol. 55, No. 11, 01.11.2014, p. 710-717.

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Ho, Chee Kong Christopher ; Tan, Wei Phin ; Wong, Jun Hoe ; Tan, Hui Meng ; Teo, Chin Hai ; Ng, Chirk Jenn. / Men’s health index : A pragmatic approach to stratifying and optimizing men’s health. In: Korean Journal of Urology. 2014 ; Vol. 55, No. 11. pp. 710-717.
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