March 14, 2000
Abstracted from Los Angeles Times
by Julie Marquis, Times Health Writer
Men "Dangerously Out of Touch" with
New York -- Compared to women, men are "dangerously out of touch" with
the American health care system, according to a Louis Harris Poll released
today by the Commonwealth Fund. The survey is notable because it is
one of the largest and most extensive to date on men's health care patterns.
The major conclusion is that a gender gap in health care exists and
is growing larger, placing men at increased health risks. The complete
study is available on the website of the Commonwealth
Fund, an 80-year old philanthropic organization.
Among the findings in this key report are the following:
According to David Sandman, program officer at the Commonwealth Fund and lead author of the study, "Men have a shorter life expectancy than women and suffer higher mortality rates from the leading causes of death. Strengthening men's connections to the health care system and sensitizing physicians to male health concerns could bring about improvements in men's longevity and well-being."
Full report of study, "Men out of Touch" (pdf file)
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