What about the men? Gender differences in utilisation of arthritis self-management services

Gibbs, Lisa and Reidpath, D. 2005, What about the men? Gender differences in utilisation of arthritis self-management services, Australian journal of primary health, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 63-71.

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Title What about the men? Gender differences in utilisation of arthritis self-management services
Author(s) Gibbs, Lisa
Reidpath, D.
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 63
End page 71
Publisher La Trobe University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Keyword(s) gender
chronic illness
service utilisation
men
masculinity
Summary As self-management programs for chronic illness increasingly become the domain of primary health care providers, it is important to consider gender inequities in access to these services and gender differences in patterns of use to inform the development and delivery of services. This study explores gender differences in levels and patterns of access to arthritis elf-management services by analyzing data collected from the Telephone Information Service of Arthritis Victoria, Contingency tables were analyzed and odds-ratios calculated to confirm gender differences in levels and patterns of service utilisation. Men were found to be significantly under-represented as users of the service, even after taking into account gender differences in prevalence of arthritis in the population. Women were more likely than men to contact the service on their own behalf. Men were more likely to have a family member or friend contact the services for them. Women showed more interest in learning about their condition while men focused more on symptom management. These gender differences in rates and patterns of services use indicate that services providers of self-management services for conditions such as arthritis need to take into account the interaction between gender and service utilisation.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, CSIRO
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003144

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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