A Scoping Review of Men's Health Situation in Primary Health Care

Cléa Conceição Leal Borges1, Anderson Reis de Sousa1, Isabella Félix Meira Araújo2, José Edward Ortiz Rodríguez3, Oscar Javier Vergara Escobar3, *, Ridalva Dias Martins2, Álvaro Pereira2, Fernando Lannes Fernandes4
1 Universidade Federal da Bahia, Nursing school, Brazil
2 Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas, Nursing school, Colombia
3 Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Nursing school, Colombia
4 University of Dundee, School of Education and Social Work, Colombia



There has been an increasing number of studies that have evidenced the profile of male morbidity and mortality, their causes and related consequences, and their association with the low demand and men's permanence in the services offered in Primary Health Care (PHC).


The objective of the study was to map the literature on men's health situation in Primary Health Care.


A scoping review, according to the Joanna Briggs Institute protocol, with the PCC acronym (P – men, C – health situation, C – in primary care), was conducted in the Medline/Pubmed, COCHRANE, Web of Science, SCOPUS, Science Direct, LILACS, BDENF, MEDCARIBE, and SciELO databases, using the descriptors “Men”, “Men's Health”, “Health Services Needs and Demand”, “Primary Health Care” in three information sources (EBSCO, PubMed and SciELO).


Men's health situation in Primary Health Care is defined by the influence of the social construction of the masculinities and cultural aspects in the adoption of health care behaviors and practices, in the way in which men present their health complaints, demands, and needs, and establish bonds with the health professionals and the services.


There is a number of sociocultural factors inherent to masculinities, institutional factors of the services' organization, and relational factors of men with the health professional that intervene together with the health situation.

Keywords: Men, Men's health, Primary health care, Health service needs, Demands.

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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2021
Volume: 15
Publisher Item Identifier: EA-TONURSJ-2021-HT1-1875-17

Article History:

Electronic publication date: 16/9/2021
Collection year: 2021

© 2021 Leal Borges et al.

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* Address correspondence to this author at Department of Nursing school, National University of Colombia, Colombia; E-mail: oscar.vergara@juanncorpas.edu.co