Health News from the University of Michigan School of Public Health's Center on Men's Health Disparities

Most Black Men Avoid a Doctors Visit (reported in, January 31, 2011 and U.S. News and World Report, February 1, 2011), The Philadelphia Sun, February 8, 2011.

Many black men may not visit their doctor because they find the interaction stressful and don't feel physicians give them enough useful information on how to make recommended lifestyle changes, new research suggests. The findings stem from a series of focus groups with black American men regarding their medical practitioners. The result: doctors are viewed as coming up short when it comes to advice on how to make healthy changes in behavior -- such as eating better, exercising more or losing weight -- without sacrificing time with loved ones. The findings are published in Research on Social Work Practice.


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