Mens Health Postcards (Proof of Concept Fund): Technology enhanced health promotion for men with learning disability

Paul Magee, Martin Bollard

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Men’s health internationally has become an increasing public health concern (Robertson, 2007). Men die prematurely from the ten most common cancers and accumulate fat around the waist in mid-life for example, which is a significant risk factor for other diseases (DH, 2008).Adults with learning disability (LD) have poorer physical health than non-disabled people (Taggart & Cousins, 2014). This population are more likely to develop epilepsy, mental health conditions and coronary heart disease which they experience at a higher rate compared with the non-disabled population (Emerson & Hatton, 2014). More men than women are affected by learning disability. Specific genetic disorders, such as Fragile X syndrome affect men with LD more than women with LD (Brock and Hatton, 2010). Men with Fragile X are also more likely to be affected by autism than females (Clifford et al, 2007). Men in general are seen as less likely to respond to medical and health promotion advice (Payne, 2006) and rarely are health promotion materials developed specifically for this male population. Thirty per cent of disabled people do not access the internet (ONS, 2014). Therefore new ways of using technology to engage disabled people to help promote their health are required. Preliminary work with men with LD has begun to show that this particular male population can be receptive to health promotion messages (Bollard, 2016). Working with our local learning disability advocacy organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire and the Centre for Technology Enabled Health, the authors believe the initial development of a tactile booklet and digital platform could lead to develop a new way of engaging with this male population.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusIn preparation - 2016


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