How might ethnicity and cultural background influence healthcare treatment choices among university students at Cardiff Met?
Langford Correia dos Santos, Helena
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background Not many research works have been published on how students choose to address their own healthcare in relation to their ethnicity and cultural backgrounds. Effects of ethnic culture, Social factors, beliefs, money and the student-GP relationship were quantitatively and qualitatively explored in relation to student healthcare choices. Research Question This research question asked what type of healthcare students at Cardiff Met choose for themselves and how cultural background and ethnicity, equated with group identity for the purpose of this study, might influence this choice. Method A survey using a purpose designed questionnaire was carried out on a sample of 23 ethnically diverse students. Students were randomly recruited to the project at Llandaff Campus. Results Data showed that cultural background, social factors, beliefs, attitudes to life, life changing experiences, money, and the student-GP relationship all influenced student’s choice of healthcare. Conclusion Further research is needed in order to understand the extent to which these influences are felt, and if students’ healthcare choices are effectively being met.
B.Sc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare
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