In the UK, there is growing evidence of inequity in men’s health outcomes for many physical and mental health conditions. Non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, certain cancers, type-2 diabetes and obesity are examples in which disparities arise in incidence rates between men and women. There is also data indicating a higher prevalence of poor mental health outcomes amongst men, notably suicide. Other areas of concern include infectious disease, particularly relating to men’s sexual health. The underlying causes of inequities in men’s health are thought to be numerous, complex and systemic. In light of this, there are calls from some stakeholders for a men’s health strategy to address these issues.

This POSTnote will identify the factors contributing to the health inequalities experienced by men and analyse the policy interventions in healthcare (both international and national) aimed at improving men’s health. This briefing will also reflect on the outcomes and interventions to meet the health needs of different groups of men, as well as other populations, including trans and non-binary communities.

Work on this will begin in September 2023. We will be accepting stakeholder contributions until early November 2023.

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