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Barriers to Health Services

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Barriers to Health Services Anything that comes in the way or prevents some service users from making use of the services they want, have a health or care-related need for and may even have a legal right to, are called 'barriers to health service'. Language Barriers When communicating, the ability to get the message across effectively to others can be hampered by a number of barriers. As a care practitioner it is important to recognise barriers to communication and learn ways to overcome them. Language can be a barrier to communication because if the service user speaks a different language to the care practitioner, then they are not going to be able to communicate effectively if they do not understand what each person is saying. Having a language barrier between the care practitioner and service user isn't the only difficulty in communication, the degree of language used in the care environment can also create a barrier to understanding. ...read more.


Non-English speaking patients may be reluctant to deal with providers who cannot communicate with them, seeking care only when their conditions become more serious. Organisational Barriers Staffs, particularly frontline staff are unable to respond to the needs of all service users. Therefore most organisations count on staff to work long hours and possibly overtime to meet to everyone's needs. This could mean putting family commitments second to work commitments which may be difficult for many people who have children especially if they are a lone parent. A possible solution could be to provide training and, where necessary, recruit staff to make sure that they are aware of the needs of all visitors. The term glass ceiling applies to organisational barrier situations in which many women feel, either accurately or not, that men are favoured and given better jobs. Mostly because apparently women choose to focus more of their time on family and, in the end, cannot dedicate as much time to their career. ...read more.


If people do not communicate with the service user they may feel that they do not know what is likely to happen because they are not aware of things. As a result they may feel threatened. Geographical and Physical Barriers Rural areas are often poorly served with services. This is often made worse by the lack of reliable and affordable transport. Often health care facilities may be many miles away from where people live and are not always easy to get to. Public transport - bus services for example - are often limited. These can create real barriers to accessing care services. Physical barriers also create problems in terms of accessing facilities. The Disability Act has new regulations that came into force in 2004, which require that reasonable adjustments are made to meet the needs (including physical access) of anyone with a disability. Many buildings have steps to the interior and doors are often not large enough to allow wheelchairs inside. For many, it proves stressful and reinforces disabled people's sense of difference and isolation. ...read more.

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