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Men’s health Inequalities in Newcastle Health Needs Assessment November 2012

The purpose of this health needs assessment was to gain a better understanding of whether men were accessing health services equitable to identified health need and compared to women.

The Equality Act (2010) highlights the need to consider sex as a protected characteristic.
For the purposes of this HNA the focus was on sex but more explicitly gender, which takes into account the context in which a person lives rather than purely their physical being. Gender sensitivities rather than solely single sex issues need to be considered, as some services will be under represented by females, such as physical activity.

Newcastle life expectancy data shows that men are experiencing greater health inequalities compared to women. This inequality is exaggerated by social deprivation. Premature CVD and cancer mortality identifies men are substantially more at risk compared to women.

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