Unit 7 - P3

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P3 In this assignment I will be looking at different social groups. I will be explaining how the health of each of the social groups in each category may differ from the rest of the population. The categories I will be discussing are ethnicity, gender, locality, age and social class. Ethnicity: It is highly difficult to study the link between health and illness for ethnicity as it differs greatly across the various groups. According to the statistics presented there are different groups who have different needs. The area that an individual lives in can also impact an individual’s health such as a person from a minority ethnic group who lives in a deprived and polluted inner-city with poor housing, is more likely going to experience poorer health. There is a higher rate of rickets in children who are from the Asian sub-continent caused by having lack of vitamin D. Most minority ethnic groups have a shorter life expectancy and they have higher infant mortality rates. Ethnic minorities tend to come from lower social class positions, therefore, can be difficult to know for sure whether it is their ethnicity that is causing poorer health or whether it is to with their social class position. To continue, ill health can also be affected by there not being enough health care services for individuals to access. There are also ethnicity barriers which can be the cause of limited access to health care services. These barriers include language and other cultural barriers. For instance a service user may not speak the same language used at the health care service therefore this can affect the effectiveness of communication between the service and the patient; this will also affect how successful the treatment of the patient may be. Another example for culture being an ethnicity barrier may be that a patient (Asian female) may not wish to be treated by a male doctor as

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