Health Inequalities: Lay Perspectives, Focusing on Concepts of Ethnic Minorities, and the Role of Structural and Agency Approaches

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Health Inequalities: Lay Perspectives, Focusing on Concepts of Ethnic Minorities, and the Role of Structural and Agency Approaches


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Table of Contents
III. Abstract
IV. Introduction
1. Background information
2. Research problem establishment
3. Research objectives
4. Research questions
5. Significance of the study
V. Literature review
1. Inequalities in health service access
2. Lay Perspectives towards health inequalities
3. The structure and agency approach
VI. Theory of the research
1. The sociological theories of structure and agency
2. Theory of lay perceptions of health inequalities
VII. Discussion
1. Causes of health inequalities
2. Challenges to addressing the causes of health inequalities 3. The need for effective interventions
4. International policies to reduce health inequalities
5. National policies and strategies
6. Socioeconomic and health inequalities
7. Inequalities in health service access
8. Barriers to equal access to health care
9. The structure and agency approach
10. Intervention by structure and agency approach
11. Measuring inequalities in health status
VIII. Conclusion
IX. References

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Among the social issues that have increasingly intrigued and interested sociologists is health. Specifically, health inequalities and inequities on the basis of one’s ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, sex and culture have been the focus of quite a number of sociology researches in recent times. Although earlier studies did not focus much on the influences of factors such as ethnicity and race on health and health care, recent researchers have realised that minority ethnic groups and lower socioeconomic status people are more prone to experience unequal treatment at the hands of medical professionals and government policies. Fortunately, the recent increase in data/information availability and knowledge about health inequalities has made the lay public more informed about their risks of exposure to discriminatory health practices. Just like ethnicity, socioeconomic status has played quite a crucial role in shaping health and health care practices and trends in the contemporary society....

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