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Divisions between different classes are perhaps not as clear as they used to be.

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ANITA FINN AF/HSB/02 INEQUALITIES AND HEALTH. A lot of characteristics of different social classes have changed over the years as society has changed, and the divisions between different classes are perhaps not as clear as they used to be. But it is just as possible to find hundreds of ways in which the lifestyles, behaviour, opportunities and judgments of people are still greatly influenced by the social class they belong to. There are clear differences shown in the relationships between health and differences in class. Joy lives in a working class family. She and her family live in poor and unhealthy environment. The family has a poor unsuitable diet consisting mainly of traditional fast foods and the majority of the family are smokers. It is speculated from this that joy and her family are in the higher margin to suffer physical and mental illness. Working class people carry this stigma due to their living conditions and lifestyles, and it is doctors who are mainly responsible for this labelling. It would appear that doctors now look at the social class instead of the symptoms to give a diagnosis. It is apparent that the view upon the working class and illness is that they are seen to be less likely to lead a healthy life and less likely to survive in the long term. ...read more.

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Women are in the higher category for illness due to being run down even though they have a longer life expectancy than men. Men with the shorter life scale frequently display and seem prone to illness surrounding the heart and respiratory systems. Heart disease, lung cancer and bronchitis sway statistically toward the male gender. These illnesses are suspected to be a result of the harsher outdoor weather and work conditions in which men are exposed to on a daily basis. Extra criteria: Ethnicity: refers to people with a common ancestry, usually linked to a particularly geographical territory, and perhaps sharing a common language, religion and other social customs. Doctors may find themselves in a position of caring for patients from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds dependent upon the prevalence of that particular group in the community. This requires that the Doctor must have an understanding of the knowledge and skills effective for Tran cultural care, for example procedures for contacting interpretation services, for meeting dietary needs, or for caring for patients of different faiths throughout the process of death and dying. To use the term 'ethnicity' is not without its problems, it may encourage Doctors who, whilst attempting to acquire the knowledge and skills to care effectively for patients from multi-cultural backgrounds, come to view those being cared for as 'other' than themselves. ...read more.

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Environment conditions are remarkable and due to their position they have greater opportunities which allow them selection and sway them away from danger so they are able to live a less hazardous life. From all of the above I think it is safe to say that yes different backgrounds do effect peoples perceptions upon you, the social classes are much separated. Be it the doctors concerning Joy a decision would more than likely have been made about her condition and person before she even arrived at the doctor's surgery. Upon her being at the doctors thought would sway to her being frequently ill throughout her life and on a downward spiral. This would all be accumulated from the poor environment she has come from and would be going back to. The outlook being a girl fighting a losing battle. Joy like the rest of the lower working class is a statistic. Jane however would be given the benefit of the doubt. She would I think be treated fairly like an open book and given the opportunity to express herself before the doctor makes his decision. Her social class is positive therefore indicating hope and improvement. Jane would be openly welcomed and suitably treated; she will not be looked upon as a statistic but labelled to have a chance with improvement inevitable. ...read more.

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