‘Macho’ men less honest with male doctors

‘Macho' men tend to gravitate towards male doctors, even though they feel more comfortable discussing their symptoms with female doctors, say US researchers.

Men who hold traditional beliefs about masculinity — that men should be tough, brave, self-reliant and emotionally restrained — are more likely to prefer male doctors, according to the results of an online questionnaire completed by 150 US men.

This is because 'manly' men perceive male doctors as more competent, the results show.

However, these men are also less likely to disclose symptoms to