Men Accessing and Learning to Engage in Health Enhancing and Learning Programs (M.A.L.E. H.E.L.P.): Development and Testing of a Conceptual Model Regarding Access to Health Care

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2011

Project Description/Abstract

Men have everything including the highest death rates in 9 out of the 10 leading causes of death ranging from cancer and heart disease to unintentional injuries (accidents) and suicide. Many of these illnesses are preventable; however, many males do not have a consistent source of health care nor do they access health care in a timely or frequent manner to prevent these outcomes. There are many postulates as to why men avoid accessing health care, but these are mainly subjective in nature. There remains a dearth of empirical and conceptual literature exploring and confirming this phenomenon. Having a comprehensive, theoretically sound and empirically tested model as to what precludes men from accessing preventative health care will enable allied health professionals to devise more targeted and cost effective preventative programming so as to enhance males overall health related quality of life. This research will develop and empirically test these postulates using a mixed methods approach to the problem.

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