A community approach to engaging Gypsy and Travellers’ in cancer services

Smith, David M. and Newton, Paul and Berlin, Jenni and Barrett, Shirley (2019) A community approach to engaging Gypsy and Travellers’ in cancer services. Health Promotion International. ISSN 1460-2245

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Abstract

While cancer outcomes in the UK have improved, inequalities remain with poorer and some ethnic minority populations experiencing lower survival rates. Research has addressed Gypsies’ and Travellers’ cancer-related beliefs, experiences and practices as part of wider studies but this is the first study in the UK to specifically focus on cancer. Findings suggest that health beliefs and practices are shaped by historical and contemporary social processes and the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers in the UK society can result in a preference for seeking information and support from within the community. Starting from a health assets perspective, findings indicate that the structure of social relations in Gypsy and Traveller communities could be more widely utilized in health promotion programmes. Developing and extending techniques employed by Gypsy and Traveller Non-governmental Organisations such as community-based interventions and the use of lay health advisers, could be an effective method of health promotion by raising knowledge of cancer, engaging community members in preventative programmes and encouraging earlier access to services.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: cancer, ethnic minorities, community health, health inequalities, Gypsies Roma and Travellers
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 08:38
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:07
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704890

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