Willingness to seek help or access services

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  • Created on: 24-01-20 16:03


Barriers that stop people from seeking help

  • Culture 
  • Gender
  • Education

Effects of not asking for help

If people don't ask for help, then their health problems tend to get worse overtime having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.

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Barrier 1 - Culture

Culture involves social behaviour, traditions, beliefs and values.

  • Some may have experienced discrimination.
  • Some may not speak good English.

People tend to feel that their values and traditions aren't being takne into consideration.

For example, next page:

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Barrier 1 - Culture Part 2

  • In the Middle East, Asia and Native America, eye contact is rude and disrespectful.
  • Muslims don't eat pork or red meat.
  • Muslims don't accept blood transfusions as it's somebody else's blood, so the blood may not be clean.
  • Christians from Jehovah's Witness don't celebrate their birthdays.

In certain cultures. women tend to be treated by a female health worker or accompanied by another woman.

Men usually don't talk about their health problems.

People may have different views and opinions about ill health and ageing.

Caring for the elderly is usually at home not at care homes.

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Barrier 2 - Gender

  • According to research, women are more likely to ask for help than men. 

The reasons men don't ask for help includes:

  • Embarrassed to reveal their feelings
  • Don't like to be seen as vulnerable
  • Unaware of poor health signs
  • Uncomfortable with seeing a female health worker
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Barrier 3 - Education

According to research, people who've had better education are quicker to seek help.

Reasons why include:

  • They research symptoms and know when to get help
  • Understand that they can't leave it late
  • Know how and where they can access services
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