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Type: Journal article
Title: Men in Australia Telephone Survey (MATeS): predictors of men's help-seeking behaviour for reproductive health disorders
Author: Holden, C.
Jolley, D.
McLachlan, R.
Pitts, M.
Cumming, R.
Wittert, G.
Handelsman, D.
De Kretser, D.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 2006; 185(8):418-422
Publisher: Australasian Med Publ Co Ltd
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0025-729X
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Carol A Holden, Damien J Jolley, Robert I McLachlan, Marian Pitts, Robert Cumming, Gary Wittert, David J Handelsman and David M de Kretser
Abstract: Objective: To identify sociodemographic factors associated with help-seeking behaviour for reproductive health disorders in middle-aged and older Australian men. Design: A cross-sectional, population-based, computer-assisted telephone interview exploring sociodemographic factors and general and reproductive health. Participants and setting: Analysis of data from the Men in Australia Telephone Survey (MATeS) of 5990 Australian men aged 40 years and older interviewed between September and December 2003. Main outcome measures: Self-reported diagnosis of prostate disease and erectile dysfunction (ED), help-seeking behaviour (including visiting a doctor, prostate-specific antigen testing, treatment of prostate disease, speaking to a health professional about ED and treatment of ED). Results: Age was a significant predictor of all help-seeking behaviour studied, other than treatment for ED. Controlling for all predictor variables, never-married status predicted a lower likelihood of visiting a doctor (odds ratio [OR], 0.68 [95% CI, 0.48–0.97]) or speaking to a health professional about ED (OR, 0.44 [95% CI, 0.21–0.93]), while divorced/separated status predicted lower likelihood of having a prostate-specific antigen test (OR, 0.63 [95% CI, 0.50–0.79]). Living in a regional or remote area or being from a non-English-speaking background predicted lower likelihood of receiving treatment for ED (ORs, 0.62 [95% CI, 0.42–0.92] and 0.41 [95% CI, 0.24–0.72], respectively), but did not influence screening for prostate disease. Conclusion: Seeking advice or treatment for male reproductive health disorders is predicted by sociodemographic factors specific to different reproductive health problems. As middle-aged and older men do attend doctors, opportunities exist for health professionals to optimise their consultations by routinely discussing reproductive health with all men, to identify under-reported male reproductive health disorders.
Keywords: Humans
Prostatic Diseases
Prostate-Specific Antigen
Attitude to Health
Marital Status
Physician-Patient Relations
Age Factors
Residence Characteristics
Middle Aged
Educational Status
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Erectile Dysfunction
Surveys and Questionnaires
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DOI: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00637.x
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