Navigating Healthcare – Patient Safety and Personal Healthcare Management

Real Men Wear Gowns

Posted in Healthcare Information, Preventative Healthcare, Primary Care by drnic on February 26, 2009

But must they be so ridiculous – no one has ever explained to me why the gowns in hospitals are made the way they are.

Why, why why!

Why, why why!

I can see that removing them when you are bed might be easier but there has to be a better solution…..
That aside – this is a serious point – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has set up a site directed at men to encourage them to be healthier and specifically to seek  medical advice and get regular checks ups

As noted in the recent article in the Washington Post Men Die Younger.

“It isn’t really that women are living longer, but men are dying sooner,” I persisted. “Among the top 10 causes of death, men have a higher mortality rate than women. Men are four times more likely than women to suffer from cirrhosis of the liver and alcoholism.” My voice rose a bit dramatically. “Men are dying, and no one is paying attention.

In the review in this posting the journey of discovery went through the self destructive habits of men (more men are drug addicts, drunk drivers and for every one woman dieing as a result of homicide. suicide and accidental death three men die). In fact it turns out that women visit their doctor and receive preventive care nearly twice as often as men! In addition genetics plays a role

males are built for competition and females for longevity

So AHRQ is trying to address some of these issues and behavior

The single most important way you can take care of yourself and those you love is to actively take part in your health care. Educate yourself on health care and participate in decisions with your doctor—even if it means wearing an examination gown. This site will help you get started.

So take the step, start getting as educated as you are on what Flat Screen to buy, what Derek Jeter’s RBI average is (OK if that doesn’t make sense – analyzing the terrible offside call and the Yellow card issued to Gates in the box!) – you get the picture.

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