Men have a shorter life expectancy than their female counterparts. Heart disease, cancer, accidents and suicide all account for the majority of male deaths. In 2010 the Australian Government released the National Male Health Policy with the aim of improving male health in Australia and making the health system more responsive to the health needs of men.The National Male Health Policy also identified the need for research into male health and called for a large-scale longitudinal study. Research on the social determinants of men's health and how these factors impact on health outcomes, behaviours and health service use has been fairly limited until this study was funded.
The Ten to Men study may be the largest longitudinal study on male health in the world with 15 988 male participants between the ages of 10 and 55. It aims to increase the understanding of male health and the factors that impact on male health, emphasizing the Social Determinants of Health.
This series of review articles published in Biomed Central Public Health (BMC) introduces the Ten to Men longitudinal study and provides an overview of the methods used and the findings.
Video: Findings So Far (December 2016)
Ten to Men: What we've learned
- BMC Public Health: Introducing Ten to Men -210 KB
Introduction to the Ten to Men study.
- The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health Methods -425 KB
Overview article of the Ten To Men study with methods used including design, sampling and recruitment.
- The Australian longitudinal study on male health sampling design and survey weighting: implications for analysis and interpretation of clustered data -990 KB
The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health (Ten to Men) used a complex sampling scheme to identify potential participants for the baseline survey. This raises important questions about when and how to adjust for the sampling design when analyzing data from the baseline survey.
- Inequalities in socio-economic characteristics and health and wellbeing of men with and without disabilities: a cross-sectional analysis of the baseline wave of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health -265 KB
Internationally, men with disabilities have higher rates of social and economic disadvantage and poorer health and wellbeing than men without disabilities. No single study has provided comprehensive, population-level information about the magnitude of such differences among adult men using a well-validated instrument to measure disability.
- Psychosocial job quality, mental health, and subjective wellbeing: a cross-sectional analysis of the baseline wave of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health -202 KB
Employment status and working conditions are strong determinants of male health, and are therefore an important focus in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health (Ten to Men). In this paper, we describe key work variables included in Ten to Men, and present analyses relating psychosocial job quality to mental health and subjective wellbeing at baseline.
- Life stress and suicidal ideation in Australian men – cross-sectional analysis of the Australian longitudinal study on male health baseline data -244 KB
Suicide is a leading cause of death in Australian males aged 18 to 55. Non-fatal suicidal behaviours and thoughts are indicators of increased risk for future suicide. Suicidal behaviour is complex and multi-determined. Research supports the involvement of stressful life events in suicide and suicidal behaviour, however the evidence regarding suicidal thoughts is less developed. This study investigates stressful life events in relation to suicidal ideation in a large cohort of adult males recruited into Ten to Men, the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health.
- Sleep apnoea in Australian men: disease burden, co-morbidities, and correlates from the Australian longitudinal study on male health -452 KB
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common disorder with under-rated clinical impact, which is increasingly being recognised as having a major bearing on global disease burden. Men are especially vulnerable and become a priority group for preventative interventions. However, there is limited information on prevalence of the condition in Australia, its co-morbidities, and potential risk factors.
- Diabetes in young adult men: social and health-related correlates -237 KB
Diabetes is a global public health issue. It is associated with significant disability, morbidity and mortality risks and substantial healthcare costs. Of great concern is the fact that its prevalence is rising, particularly amongst the young, while epidemiological data regarding the incidence, prevalence and complications of early-onset type 2 diabetes is noted to be sparse.
- Health and lifestyle factors associated with sexual difficulties in men – results from a study of Australian men aged 18 to 55 years -343 KB
Sexual difficulties (SD) are common among men of all ages and can have considerable impact on quality of life and indications for future health. SD are associated with mental and physical wellbeing and with relationship satisfaction, yet they are rarely discussed with medical professionals who are often ill equipped to assess and manage them. This paper provides an updated overview on the status of SD in Australian men from 18 to 55 years of age and will form a baseline comparison for future analyses of SD based on Ten to Men data.
- Why do men go to the doctor? Socio-demographic and lifestyle factors associated with healthcare utilisation among a cohort of Australian men -267 KB
Men use health services less often than women and frequently delay seeking help even if experiencing serious health problems. This may put men at higher risk for developing serious health problems which, in part, may explain men’s higher rates of some serious illnesses and shorter life span relative to women. This paper identifies factors that contribute to health care utilisation in a cohort of Australian men by exploring associations between socio-economic, health and lifestyle factors and the use of general practitioner (GP) services.
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