AHRQ launches Healthy Men Web site
Research Activities, October 2010, No. 362
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) new Healthy Men Web site (http://www.ahrq.gov/healthymen) is packed with key information for men on the importance of preventive health, not only for them but also for the well-being of their families and loved ones.
This information includes recommended tests by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, tips on talking with doctors, a 10-question preventive health quiz for men, and a "Get Dad to the Doc" Web page for sending a health e-card to fathers or other men to remind them to get a preventive medical test. The Web site also includes 15- and 30-second videos developed from a new nationwide public service campaign by AHRQ and the Advertising Council. AHRQ data shows that men are 24 percent less likely than women to visit a doctor at least once a year and 30 percent more likely to be hospitalized for potentially preventable conditions such as congestive heart failure and complications from diabetes.