Cohabiting males less likely to receive routine health checks

Only 50% of male patients living with unmarried partners underwent cholesterol and diabetes screenings.

Cohabiting males less likely to receive routine health checks
Cohabiting males less likely to receive routine health checks

HealthDay News – Single and married men are more likely to see a doctor regularly compared with those living with a unmarried partner, according to researchers.

“Previous research has demonstrated that married men are more likely than not-married men to seek preventive health care services because their spouses encourage them to do so. It was not known, however, whether cohabiting partners of not-married men play a health-promoting role similar to that of spouses,” wrote Stephen J. Blumberg, PhD, and colleagues, in a NCHS Data Brief.

About 71% of males reported visiting a doctor in the past year, the researchers found after examining data from a 2011-2012 survey and focusing on three groups of males aged 18 to 64 years: married males living with a spouse, males who living with a partner of either gender, and single males.

When insurance was taken into account, more than 80% of insured married males had seen a doctor within the past 12 months compared with three-quarters of single males and 71% of cohabitating men, according to the inspectors. About 50% of cohabitating males had undergone recommended cholesterol and diabetes screenings in the past 12 months.

"Cohabiting men are a group particularly at risk of not receiving clinical preventive services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force," wrote the agency.

References

  1. Blumberg SJ, Vahratian A, Blumberg JH. Marriage, cohabitation, and men's use of preventive health care services. NCHS data brief, no 154. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.
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