Men's health

Friday, 04.10.2013 | 13:00 - 14:30

Organised by European Men's Health Forum (EMHF)

Sponsored by European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), Pfizer, Amgen and PGT Healthcare

A step into no man's land: Improving men’s use of primary care services in Europe

Men’s health across Europe is unnecessarily poor, with nearly 630,000 men aged 15–64 dying annually across the old EU 27 Member States compared to 300,000 women. This is a major human and financial cost to men, their families, communities, employers and national health systems.

Primary healthcare services are central to strategies to improve men's health in terms of prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. Currently, however, services (general practice, dentists, pharmacy, optometry and others) are used ineffectively by men. They attend less frequently than women, especially for prevention and screening, and it has been suggested that men’s lower contact with primary care is linked to their higher use of hospital services.

This workshop will explore why and how men under-use the range of primary care services and, more importantly, how men's access can be improved by changes to policy and service delivery.


Nicola Bedlington, Executive Director, European Patients' Forum (EPF)

Monika Kosinska, Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

John Bowis, Hon President, Health First Europe and EMHF Board Member

Jacques de Haller Vice President, Standing Committee of European Doctors

Maximin Liebl, President, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union


Ian Banks, President, European Men's Health Forum (EMHF)

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