The Importance of Telehealth in Addressing Men’s Health Concerns

The Importance of Telehealth in Addressing Men’s Health Concerns
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Many adults in the US utilize telehealth to access healthcare virtually. However, one report reveals that 42% of women are more likely to use this health technology compared to only 31.7% of men. More women may see telehealth as an efficient option since most of them are caregivers who cannot leave their children alone.
Although they’re rarely caregivers, it’s time that more men learn about the possibilities of using telehealth: the technology can handily address health-related issues more likely to be experienced by them. Below are a few ways telehealth helps:
It improves access to a range of medical professionals

One of the common health concerns in men is erectile dysfunction, with the CDC noting that over 30 million men in America experience it. A urologist usually treats the condition, but there is a present shortage of urologists in the US that will last until 2035 due to an aging workforce and fewer professionals entering the industry. Fortunately, telehealth ensures easy access to professionals that can help with this and other common concerns, including nurse practitioners. This is possible even across state lines, meaning you can consult remote nurse practitioners from Washington who are trained in various men’s health issues—including erectile dysfunction. Their advanced practice education allows them to deliver the same quality of care you’d find in a hospital, so you can use telehealth to access their expertise on everything from diagnosis to treatment.
It provides a private space for men to discuss their concerns

Many men find it embarrassing to discuss sensitive topics like erectile dysfunction, hair loss, and mental health in public spaces like clinics. This prevents them from bringing up and addressing these issues during general check-ups. With telehealth, they’re provided with a safe, private—and sometimes even anonymous—space to discuss their concerns. Telehealth consultations can be done anywhere, especially in the privacy of their homes. After all, they only need a laptop or mobile phone and a stable internet connection. This way, men can openly discuss their concerns without worrying about other patients or professionals hearing about them.
It increases their likelihood of acquiring healthcare

In connection with the previous point, men are less likely to seek medical attention not only because of embarrassment but also due to psychological beliefs. A psychotherapist from California states that many men believe that seeking a doctor’s help means admitting defeat. They think that it doesn’t make them a “real man” if others see that they’re going for an appointment. Telehealth can be the beginning of deconstructing this belief system by enabling men to seek care without revealing to others that they’re doing so. While there’s a deeper issue to address regarding men’s hesitance in this area, telehealth is a definite start for change.
It enables men to access care from their homes

The United Nations predicts that there will be an equal number of males and females worldwide by 2050. This information is crucial because Healthline finds that men have weaker immune systems than women. The difference in hormones and chromosomes between the two sexes makes men experience more severe effects of illnesses. Given this, it is safer for men—especially senior citizens and the immunocompromised—to avoid going to hospitals to receive care. Our post “Common Problems That Healthcare Settings Are Currently Facing” emphasizes how telehealth makes it easier for patients to see a medical professional without travel and exposure to other sick patients. Overall, telehealth enables men to seek care safely from the comfort of their homes.
Using telehealth is beneficial for men. It improves their access to health professionals, provides them with a private space for discussion, increases their likelihood of getting care, and enables them to receive medical attention comfortably.


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Rada Mateescu

Passionate about freedom, truth, humanity, and subjects from the science and health-related areas, Rada has been blogging for about ten years, and at Health Thoroughfare, she's covering the latest news on these niches.

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