Black Studies the Health Belief Term Paper

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While all of these do not exist in each behavioral change, but there are specific principles that must be applied for the behavioral change to be effective and long lasting.

One population-based application of TTM is quitting smoking, which is difficult for anyone who smokes, just as most cessation models are difficult. Creating an effective way to quite smoking for entire populations would save lives and millions of dollars in health care costs around the world. The model would need to reach a large number of smokers, it would need to develop reports and manuals to help the smokers during the five stages of intervention, and it would have to include follow-up for those who needed more help with the cessation process. It would also require assessment to the general good of the population, and assess which treatment methods were more successful (reactive or proactive). The results in the study discussed indicate that smokers who initiated their own treatment, rather than being recruited had the best results in quitting smoking.

The underlying social economic factors mediated in my research problem indicated that black patients often receive less competent and cohesive health care based on their economic status, ability to afford treatment, and the hospitals available to them for treatment. Black doctors treat most black patients, and these doctors may not be board certified as often as white doctors may. Ultimately, the research indicated that black patient health care is still less standardized and cohesive than white patient health care, and that racism still exists in the health care field, whether health care professionals acknowledge that racism or not. The basic truth is, many blacks are still lower on the economic scale, they live in poorer neighborhoods that are underserved by health care facilities, and that they stand a chance of less health care in many cases, such as heart attacks.

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