GLOBAL ACTION ON MEN’S HEALTH

Germany

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Public Perception in GERMANY

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

 

Key findings

German men believe that they are in good health

81% of German men believe they are in good health

94% of younger German men (aged 18 to 34) believing that they are in good health

 

A Desire to Take Control

84% of German men want to take charge of their health AND 82% are confident in managing their own health.

Young men aged 18 to 34 in Germany are the most confident in managing their health (87%), men over age 55 are the least confident (76%).

79% of German men are confident about identifying health problems when they arise AND 88% of German men believe they know which healthcare professional they should turn to when something is wrong.

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

Fitness Energy Diet Stress
Germany 75% 67% 64% 54%
Average 83% 78% 73% 65%

Men in Germany (54%) are less interested in reducing stress than in other countries, such as Italy (76%) and Poland (72%).

70% of German men ranked getting enough sleep as the most important element of their overall health and wellness, the highest level in Europe.

 

The disparity between beliefs and actions

Whereas 63% of men cite seeing their doctor as their most likely response when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 80% believe that there are medical conditions for which obtaining the appropriate medication should not require a visit to the doctor.

Whereas 2% of men are most likely to turn to a pharmacist when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 59% of men believe that less serious and chronic conditions can be dealt with by a 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, 43% of men agree there is plentiful information online to help them choose the right medication.

* 50% of German men feel comfortable using OTC for headaches or migraines, 23% for allergies, and 31% for nausea.

 

The opportunity for self-care

German men are more confident managing their health (82%) than they are managing their level of work stress (66%) or career decisions (67%).

When men in Germany feel unwell or discover a non-life threatening medical problem, they are likely to:

Turn to a doctor Look up my symptoms and possible treatments online Ask a friend or family member for advice
63% 15% 5%

German men’s likely responses when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem vary by age:

See a doctor Look up symptoms online
18-34 43% 26%
35-54 62% 15%
55-64 68% 13%
65+ 75% 9%

54% of German men trust over-the-counter medications as much as those prescribed by a doctor.

67% of German men believe over-the-counter the medications work well.

82% of German men feel that the products currently available address their overall health needs.

63% of German men said that buying over the counter medication saved them time, as they did not have to make a doctor’s appointment.

61% found it much more convenient than having to see a doctor.

Bad habits and sexual well-being are the most important factors for men

1 in 3 German men consider sexual health to be one of the most important parts of their overall health and well-being.

28% of German 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 German men take action when facing problems like sexually transmitted diseases (95%) or irritation and infections (94%), far fewer men take action when it comes to conditions like loss of libido (56%), erectile dysfunction (59%), or pain during sex (70%).

BUT

Both men (74%) and women (61%) believe that having a healthy sexual relationship is critical to their happiness.