How do you get men into their local pharmacy? Dr Gillian Granville, who is heading up the Forum's men and pharmacy project, has prepared a scoping study that takes the first steps towards an answer.
The scoping paper marks the first stage of the MHF's men and pharmacy project. It sets out the research and policy context and lays out our approach to the project and the key research question: how can we increase men's use of community pharmacy to improve their health?
The study suggest that there is a rich and positive policy environment and a range of policy hooks in which to embed the work. Regarding men's use of pharmacy for health and lifestyle advice, there appears to be a severe lack of evidence of what works to encourage men to make better use of pharmacy. It is also frustrating to find the extent to which studies remain 'gender blind', even when they are seeking to address health inequalities.
Similarly, there is not a sufficiently strong evidence base to understand what works, for whom, in what circumstances and why, which makes spread and adoption of research findings in complex community-based initiatives difficult.
This project is testing the assumptions of what we know about men's health and their poor access to health services, with what the literature tells us about the use of community pharmacy services and their role in improving public health. The scoping study has enabled us to identify some key subsidiary questions:
What do you think? Please have a look our scoping study and let us know if there is anything else that ought to be considered.
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