GLOBAL ACTION ON MEN’S HEALTH

France

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Public Perception in FRANCE

More than 2,000 French adults took part in the survey. Results are weighted to be nationally representative of age and gender.

Key findings

French men believe that they are in good health

85% of French men believe they are in good health.

A desire to take control

As in the other countries surveyed, French men overwhelmingly want to take charge of their own health.

6 in 7 French men both:

  • want to take charge of their health
  • are confident in managing their own health.

When it comes to monitoring their health:

81% of French men are confident in identifying problems when they arise

AND

88% believe they know which healthcare professional they should turn to when something is wrong.

Men 65 YEARS and over in France are the most confident in managing their health and in identifying health problems.

French men are well below the survey average in wanting to improve key areas of their health:

Fitness Energy Diet Stress
France 75% 71% 59% 58%
Average 83% 78% 73% 65%

 

The disparity between beliefs and actions

As for other countries surveyed, the survey shows that while French men are confident and trust healthcare providers, they are not taking advantage of sources of information and advice that they trust.

Whereas 53% of men cite seeing their doctor as their most likely response when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 60% believe that there are medical conditions for which obtaining the appropriate medication should not require a visit to the doctor.

Whereas 6% of men are most likely to turn to a pharmacist when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 78% of men believe that less serious and chronic conditions can be dealt with by the pharmacist rather than by a doctor.*

Whereas 14% of men say they’re most likely to look up symptoms and possible treatments online when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 38% of men agree there is plentiful information online to help them choose the right medication.

At only 38%, French men are well below the average of 54% in agreeing that there is plentiful information online to help them choose the right treatments. This disparity could in part be due to the attitudes of young men in France towards online medical information, where only 53% of French men in the 18-34 year old category agree with the statement, as compared with the 79% of 18-34 year old men in the UK who believe that there is plentiful online information.

* 57% of French men feel comfortable using OTC for headaches or migraines, 32% for allergies, and 32% for nausea.

The opportunity for self-care

French men are more confident managing their health (87%) than they are managing their level of work stress (59%) or career decisions (63%).

When men feel unwell or discover a non-life threatening medical problem, they are likely to turn to a variety of places for support:

Turn to a doctor Look up my symptoms and possible treatments online Ask a friend or family member for advice
53% 14% 5%

Men in France trust important elements of self-care, having high levels of trust in pharmacies and pharmacists compared to other countries in the EU.

81% of French men feel satisfied that currently available health products address their health needs.

62% of French men feel that buying OTC medication means they can treat themselves for conditions they’ve had previously or for a long period of time.

Bad habits and sexual well-being are important area for improvement

29% of French men consider sexual health to be one of the most important parts of their overall health and well-being.

33% of French men are dissatisfied with the services and access available for sensitive topics like sexual health in their current health systems.

While a huge majority of French men take action when facing problems like sexually transmitted diseases (93%) or irritation and infections (85%), far fewer men take action when it comes to conditions like loss of libido (40%), erectile dysfunction (57%), or pain during sex (56%).

BUT

Both men (82%) and women (70%) believe that having a healthy sexual relationship is critical to their happiness.