Northern Health has released a study on the well-being of men in Northern B.C.
The report looked at factors influencing and affecting the health of men in Northern B.C.; from their behaviours, lifestyle and choices, to the social pressures and media influences they face.
Per capita, alcohol and tobacco consumption is higher in northern men, road traffic injuries, and per capita occupational deaths and injuries are higher in the North, and high school completion rates are lower.
The statistics in northern BC reaffirm the global observation that men’s health, in general, lags behind that of women.
Throughout the life course, men tend to access health care services less frequently than women. Often, by the time they do seek medical attention, their conditions have progressed and are more complex.
The report marks the beginning of a process to seek input from men and communities in Northern Health on how to improve primary care services.
Northern Health will also organize a Men’s Health Conference in 2011.
To view the 70 page report, click here.