Survey on the use of health services by adult men: prevalence rates and associated factors1 1 Paper extracted from master's thesis "Survey on the use of health services by adult men: prevalence and associated factors", presented to Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, PR, Brazil

Guilherme Oliveira de Arruda Sonia Silva Marcon About the authors

Objective

estimate the prevalence and identify factors associated with the use of health services by men between 20 and 59 years of age.

Method

population-based, cross-sectional domestic survey undertaken with 421 adult men, selected through systematic random sampling. The data were collected through a structured instrument and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics with multiple logistic regression.

Results

the prevalence rate of health service use during the three months before the interviews was 42.8%, being higher among unemployed men with a religious creed who used private hospitals more frequently, had been hospitalized in the previous 12 months and referred some disease.

Conclusion

the prevalence of health service use by adult men does not differ from other studies and was considered high. It shows to be related with the need for curative care, based on the associated factors found.

Epidemiology; Men´s Health; Adult; Health Services; Socioeconomic Factors; Nursing


Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto / Universidade de São Paulo Av. Bandeirantes, 3900, 14040-902 Ribeirão Preto SP Brazil, Tel.: +55 (16) 3315-3451 / 3315-4407 - Ribeirão Preto - SP - Brazil
E-mail: rlae@eerp.usp.br