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Danish men consult GPs less than women but attend hospital more and have greater mortality

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39395.720995.DB (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1010
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Men of all ages have less contact with their family doctor than women, with the gap narrowing with age, and they are more likely to be admitted to hospital and have a greater mortality, according to a study of more than 30 million contacts with GPs and hospital admissions in Denmark in one year (Journal of Public Health 2007 Nov 2 doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdm072).

    “This is compatible with a scenario in which men react later to severe symptoms than women so that they are more likely to be hospitalised for or die from these conditions,” say the authors.

    They say that population based studies indicate that in many aspects men have better health than women—men are stronger, report fewer diseases, and consistently report better health status than …

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