New Survey Reveals Improvement in the State of Men’s Health, But Really?

New Follow-up Survey Reveals Improvement in the State of Men’s Health, But Really?
Recent data indicate men are taking better care of themselves these days, but are they really? Yes and no, according to new survey data released by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The 2016 survey was fielded to gauge change since 2007. Although nearly half of men rate their health as excellent or very good – up from 2007 – more men have been diagnosed with a chronic condition since then.

A Survey about Men’s Health – Executive Summary(989 KB PDF)
Prepared for the American Academy of Family Physicians by Harris Poll, the survey about men’s health compares online responses from 2007 and 2016. Results show the status of men’s health in 2016 is mixed, leaning slightly more positively than negatively.

Infographic: Men’s Health: Get a Game Plan, Guys(49 KB PDF)

Chart: Percentage of Men Rating Health Excellent to Poor, 2007 and 2016(4 MB PDF)

Chart: Percentage of Men with Chronic Conditions, 2007 and 2016(45 KB PDF)

Chart: Percentage of Men with Usual Source of Care, 2007 and 2016(41 KB PDF)

Chart: Barriers to Health Care for Men, 2007 and 2016(848 KB PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions(219 KB PDF)
What did the AAFP learn from its national survey on men’s health and why are the findings of interest? These questions and answers quickly summarize findings and their implications.

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Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, has been a practicing family physician for more than 25 years and served six years as the associate program director at the York Hospital Family Practice Residency Program.