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Saint Louis Examines Men's Health: Disparities in Confidence to Manage Health

21 Feb 2014 4:36 PM | Deleted user
Men’s health remains a relatively recent area of study compared to women’s health in the United States and internationally. On average, the health of women is better than their male counterparts, but the health of racial and ethnic minority men lags behind their White male counterparts. However self-management can mitigate poor health outcomes experienced by men, particularly racial and ethnic minority men. The goal of this study was to examine the relationship between health information seeking and confidence in managing health and health care interactions among men. Dr. Keith Elder, associate professor and chair of the department of health management and policy at Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, and his colleagues found health information seeking was not associated with confidence to manage health.


However, Hispanic men were less likely to agree to have confidence to know when to seek medical care, mention concerns to doctors, and more

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