Health innovation project: A concept paper on a virtual health promotion program for men

Tong, S.F. and Khoo, E.M. and Low, W.Y. and Ng, C.J. and Wong, C.H. and Yusoff, H.M. and Abu Bakar, A.I. and Tan, H.M. and Jiwa, M. (2014) Health innovation project: A concept paper on a virtual health promotion program for men. Journal of Mens Health, 11 (1). pp. 4-9. ISSN 1875-6867, DOI

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Many causes of mortality and morbidities in men are preventable. Men's poor engagement in health-promoting activities has been attributed to the socially constructed male gender identity. Hence, health innovations to promote men's health have to take into the account their social identity and health-seeking behavior. The innovation should be flexible, interactive, discreet, informative, and user-friendly. It should also facilitate self-care. Innovations that deploy information and computer technology (ICT) are promising. MyMan, a future web and mobile application that incorporates self-assessment, individual risk calculation, projection of future health status, and tailored advice, is in the process of prototype development for testing in the community. The main concern about this application is that it may have limited usefulness to an ICT-naive population. However, this may be overcome by having a similar application in health clinics where assistance in using the technology can be provided. A randomized controlled trial will be conducted to examine the effectiveness of this innovation, which takes into account men's needs for convenience and privacy. Given the widespread use and flexibility of ICT, it has great potential and deserves further evaluation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health promotion; health-seeking behavior; information and computer; technologies; masculinities; men's health; erectile dysfunction; internet; interventions; masculinity; population; barriers; gender; policy; works; life
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 02:05
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 02:05

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