GLOBAL ACTION ON MEN’S HEALTH

Poland

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 Public Perception in POLAND

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

 

Key findings

Polish men believe that they are in good health

79% of Polish men believe they are in good health.

 

A desire to take control

84% of Polish men want to take charge of their health.

78% of Polish men are confident in managing their own health.

79% of Polish men are confident in identifying problems when they arise AND 71% believe they know which healthcare professional they should turn to when something is wrong.

Polish men 65 YEARS and over in Poland are the most confident (81%) in managing their health and in identifying health problems.

Polish men are above the survey average in wanting to improve key areas of their health:

Fitness Energy Diet Stress
Poland 85% 82% 74% 72%
Average 83% 78% 73% 65%

 

The disparity between beliefs and actions

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

Whereas 63% of men cite seeing their doctor as their most likely response when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 84% 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, 71% of men believe that less serious and chronic conditions can be dealt with by a pharmacist rather than 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, 57% of men agree there is plentiful information online to help them choose the right medication.

* 48% of Polish men feel comfortable using OTC for headaches or migraines, 34% for allergies, and 27% for nausea.

 

The opportunity for self-care

Polish men are more confident managing their health (79%) than they are managing their level of work stress (60%) or career decisions (61%).

When men in Poland 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% 14% 5%

Men in Poland trust important elements of self-care.

66% of Polish men feel satisfied that currently available health products address their health needs.

7 in 10 Polish men believe that using over the counter medication means less serious conditions can be dealt with at a pharmacy rather than a doctor’s office.

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

36% of Polish men consider sexual health to be one of the most important parts of their overall health and well-being.

56% of Polish 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 Polish men take action when facing problems like sexually transmitted diseases (99%) or irritation and infections (96%), far fewer men take action when it comes to conditions like loss of libido (66%), erectile dysfunction (67%), or pain during sex (70%).

BUT

Both men (79%) and women (74%) believe that having a healthy sexual relationship is critical to their happiness.