Public health strategies to address Asian men's health needs

Tong Seng Fah, Wah Yun Low

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Abstract

Men's health discourse has been around for more than 2 decades. The higher mortality rates and the shorter life expectancy in Asian men compared with their women counterparts show the disadvantaged status of men's health. Thus, discussions on men's health should address their health needs and not be confined to sex-specific male urology and reproductive health. In Asia, assessing men's health needs is challenging because of the vast differences in the socioeconomic status and the diverse culture among its member countries. Although, the epidemiology of men's health provides the focus for what to address in improving men's health, having an optimal strategy requires the understanding of men's health-seeking behaviors and the social determinants surrounding them. Thus, public health approaches addressing health behaviors and health promotion in the society should be one of the keys in improving men's health status. Locally relevant information is needed to inform effective public health approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-555
Number of pages13
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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Keywords

  • Asia
  • health needs
  • health-seeking behavior
  • masculinity
  • men's health

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Public health strategies to address Asian men's health needs. / Seng Fah, Tong; Low, Wah Yun.

In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 24, No. 4, 07.2012, p. 543-555.

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