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Men's Health in Ireland: A Report from The Men's Health Forum in Ireland


Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI)

Subject Keywords: Men's Health, Life Expectancy, Occupational Class, Road Traffic Accidents, Suicide, Behavioural Risks
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: All-island

The Men's Health Forum in Ireland's seminal report in 2004, which provided the most comprehensive overview of key statistics on men's health on the island of Ireland ever collated up to that time.  This provided clear evidence of men's health needs in Ireland.

The following are the principal findings of this report:

  • Statistics confirm that in spite of increased male life expectancy, men on the island of Ireland continue to die, on average, six years younger than women do and have higher death rates at all ages, and for all leading causes of death.
  •  Compared to men in the highest occupational class, men from the lower occupational classes have worse health in all years and for all the conditions which are analysed in this report.
  •  Sex differences in mortality figures are particularly pronounced in the case of road traffic accidents (RTAs) and suicides.
  •  Compared to women, men have higher levels of health damaging behaviours and risk behaviours.
  • Although research is limited in Ireland, it is well documented internationally that compared to women, men have limited contact with GPs, are reluctant users of primary care services and often present late in the course of an illness.
  • Although social and economic roles of men and women are changing, traditional values and attitudes towards gender remain prevalent. Boys and young men continue to be socialised to appear in control, to be strong and to take risks; thus reinforcing their exposure to illness and accidental deaths.
  • Men’s health is under-researched, both clinically and in terms of health promotion.




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Suggested citation:

Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI). (2004) Men's Health in Ireland: A Report from The Men's Health Forum in Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st November 2017].


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