How Demographic Factors Affect Health-Related Behavior

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Demographic factors can affect one's health status, health-related behavior and one's use of health care services. Many studies have demonstrated that age, gender and ethnicity all play a role in the likelihood of suffering different ailments. Sometimes, these factors are genetic, where certain groups have predispositions, and higher incidences have been recorded. Caucasians have a higher propensity for melanoma, for example, than do African-Americans. This will result in higher rates of usage for health care services relating to that ailment, and also differences in health-related behavior. Caucasians would be more likely, for example, to take precautions against sun exposure as the result of this higher propensity.
Another demographic factor is income, which is a function of education among other factors. Lower income people have less access to good, healthy food, poorer-quality living conditions, often higher crime and abuse as well. These factors will cause a higher rate of health care service usage among in lower-income areas. Such factors need to be accounted for in health care planning, both at the government level and at the private enterprise level. Even the marketing of health care services is going to be governed by demographic factors, as marketers understand how different demographic factors affect demand conditions, both for treatment and for preventative care (Carmichael, 2012).
Demographic factors affect a number of different inputs into one's health
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