Understand the socio-economic influences on health.
Using the case scenario provided to me, I will produce a report to demonstrate an understanding of the effect socio-economic influences on Christina and Paul’s health and their unborn child. I will then make an assessment of the importance of government resources such as reports/research on inequalities in health in relation to the case scenario. Finally, I will identify and discuss the reason and any possible barriers to Mary accessing health care.
The effects of socio-economic influences on Mary’s health:
Health promotion is the procedure of enabling people to improve on their health. Public health is prolonging life through the organized efforts of society as well as promoting and protecting health and wellbeing of the public. Social determinants of health refer to the social, economic and political situations that affect the health of individuals, communities and populations.
The effects of socio-economic influences on Christina’s health are evaluated as a combination of factors including, environment, citizenship status, discrimination and occupation. It is a way of looking at how Christina fits into society using economic and social measures that have been shown to impact her health and well-being. Socio-economic status and health are closely related and can often have profound effects on Christina’s health due to differences in ability to access health care facilities as well as dietary and other lifestyle choices that are associated with both finances and education (Steinbach. R 2009).
Christina is a smoker which categorizes under health and lifestyle issues. Smoking damages health in the form of cancer or heart diseases and this will have a very bad impact on her unborn child. Even working 16 hours a week, would not be enough for Christina or her unborn child for the future as most of Christina’s income will go towards paying for her...
References: Steinbach. R, (2009), Inequalities in the distribution of health and health care and its access, including inequalities relating to social class, gender, culture and ethnicity, and their causes, Health Knowledge Education, CPD And Revalidation From Phast [Online] Accessed from http://www.healthknowledge.org.uk/public-health-textbook/medical-sociology-policy-economics/4c-equality-equity-policy/inequalities-distribution Accessed on 27 April 2015.
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