If you had a personal medical issue [1. Sponsored blog from Pfizer] who would you rather tell, your closest friend or a Doctor? The correct answer may seem obvious to most, but research suggests that most British men would rather create a third option and tell ‘neither’. Statistics show that men are less likely to visit their GP than women if they have a health concern. That said with the internet there is a way to get help with these issues without having to brave the awkward waiting rooms or reveal your intimates to your ‘best mate’. However the main concern with seeking medical advice on the internet is credibility; no Doctor’s certificate is required to give advice in forums and personal blogs, simply a laptop and a modem.
Fortunately today there are approved sources for medical advice online with certified GPs and Doctors on hand to give you advice. Men’s Health Week (June 13th-19th), run by the Men’s Health Forum (www.malehealth.co.uk), has chosen “Get Online” as its theme for 2011 to help British men get over their inertia to use the online medical help at their disposal. The ‘better-out-than-in’ mentality embraced by men in the USA seems slow to catch on with their British counterparts, who are struggling with the concept of looking – or should I say finding – medical help online.
There is nothing quite like an instant response, especially when dealing with a pressing medical issue or concern and the weekly online surgery Man MOT (www.manmot.co.uk), gives you exactly that.
The online surgery offers medical advice on a broad range of health issues from qualified GPs. This discreet, unobtrusive medium of attaining instant, professional advice allows the modern gentleman unprecedented access to levels of expertise our predecessors could only dream of – so let’s make sure we make the most of it.
The Man MOT online surgery is open every Monday between 6pm and 10pm and every evening between 6pm and 10pm during Men’s Health Week (13-19 June 2011).
Note: Man MOT GPs can talk to you about any health problem, suggest the best course of action to take, and direct you to appropriate health services if necessary. However, as they do not have access to your medical records and are not able to perform a clinical examination, they cannot give individualised medical advice or offer a specific medical diagnosis.