This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

The health of our men and boys: Homo-heterogeneity

Written by: | Published:

It is acknowledged that health outcomes vary It is gradually being acknowledged that health outcomes for men and boys are worsening compared to women and girls, all around the world

Men and boys have unique health related needs, these differ from the health care needs of women and girls, the social determinants of health have a disproportionate effect on mortality in men. There is a growing acknowledgement that the health of the male population is significantly impacted on by their social situation. The Marmot Review Team1note that increasing poverty is linked to a widening gap in life expectancy.

Health inequalities

Health inequalities are avoidable, they result in unjust differences in health status between various groups of people or communities. Health is determined by a number of factors including genetics, lifestyle, the healthcare people receive and the influence of wider determinants, for example the physical, social and economic environment. See Dahlgren and Whitehead’s model2 representing the wider determinants of health (See figure 1).

Wild3 suggest that other determinants can include:

Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.