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A community approach to engaging gypsy and travellers’ in cancer services

A community approach to engaging gypsy and travellers’ in cancer services

Smith, David, Newton, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-8525-6763, Berlin, Jenni and Barrett, Shirley (2019) A community approach to engaging gypsy and travellers’ in cancer services. Health Promotion International, 35 (5). pp. 1094-1105. ISSN 0957-4824 (Print), 1460-2245 (Online) (doi:

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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 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 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 utilised in health promotion programmes. Developing and extending techniques employed by Gypsy and Traveller Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) 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: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer, ethnic minorities, community health, health inequalities, gypsies roma and travellers
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2020 11:28
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None

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