Social Healthcare for the Elderly

Social Healthcare for the Elderly

Introduction
This essay revolves around the case review associated with elderly abuse in health and
social care. Elderly abuse has been on the high increase in the recent past largely because the
government has failed to perform its obligations. This paper sets out to put certain issues into
perspective so as to enable a friendly environment to the elderly to the elderly persons in the
community.
Task 1.1 Description of how information could reach the public
The content based on the case study analysed in this paper ought to reach the public
sphere at all costs. To begin with, there is a need for a well-structured response mechanism to
facilitate the disclosure of all manner of abuses to the concerned authorities (Seale, 2003). Again,
the abused persons should not be afraid of the outcomes of disclosing the wrongs meted against
them. There has been a culture where wrongs meted out by one party are perpetuated because the
injured party is ignorant of the right channels that would help them seek help or talk about them
to get the required public attention. In our contemporary world, for instance, help relating to
electronic shopping, fast foods among other associated aspects is widely available.
Nonetheless, no one pays much attention to the elderly. Moreover, available channels of
communication have been outrun with time, an aspect that makes it intricate to communicate.
This backdrop calls for an appropriate review of the situation by the regulators. However,
because the government may not be able to do everything for everyone, people ought to take
initiatives when it comes to reporting the issues to the relevant authorities. In the UK, for
instance, the modifications to the components of Southern Cross have culminated to several

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mistakes (Hara, 2011).
The Southern Cross has been relentless to providing new information concerning the
projected new operators for a momentous proportion of its residential and nursing homes in
England. Nonetheless, owing to poor management and communication methods, there is a
scenario of chaos right now (Johnston & Andy, 2013). The authorities and the law enforcers
should work closely with those respective houses. On the other hand, the locals should help the
authorities as much as they can to ensure these cases are reported promptly.
Task 1.2 Analysis of different media techniques such as media, leaflets, newspapers used
for communicating information associated with elderly care.
Media plays an integral role when it comes to disseminating societal issues. However,
information linked to elderly care never reaches the public because of the failure of the media to
report about it. Nevertheless, the media house should not be subjected to blames or held
responsible for not covering some issues, or for simply reporting issues that the public is
interested to hear. Contemporary media for instance, reports more about the popular trends
regardless of whether or not they have any relevance to the public (Hickey, 2014). During prime
time, media goes out to report sensational news too. In this respect, the perception of the media
attitude should be altered (Davies, 2005). Moreover, information associated with elderly issues
should be disseminated without any repression or omission. With the advents of social media, it
becomes easier to disclose social ills rather fast. There is a need to put into use social media.
Task 1.3 influence of divergent ways on people’s attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors
Much as people’s attitudes and behaviors are diverse, it is easier to influence them
through different channels. For instance, type of media, presentation layout, content, logical
visual basics, and sound influence people’s attitudes and behaviors. And because the people’s

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attitudes can be altered through visualization and sounds, it becomes effective per se. In due
course, enhancing people’s understanding about particular issues through graphical
representations will certainly enhance their attitudes and behavior.

Task 2.1 Influence of media on the attitudes and behaviour of people
The media has many functions and the key one is informing the public about current
events. In the healthcare sector, the media informs the public about current issues related to
health and social care including an outbreak of illnesses, new medicines, treatment techniques
and so forth. The increased demand for data has contributed to advancement in periodicals,
newspapers, television programs that address health, and social care. Discussions on current
events associated with health and social care is done to inform public. Such debates involve
professionals from different fields of health and social care to influence perception of the public
(Willby, 2008). For instance, in the US there was a discussion on a department in Novartis that
paid a large sum of money to physicians following a prescription manufactured by the company.
This scenario will affect public behaviors and attitude towards the products of these firms.
The media can be used as a watchdog of political structure to influence people’s attitude
and behaviour. This way the media creates awareness about political structures, by releasing
important political opinions, and conditions associated with health and social care. Therefore, a
person is empowered to access information about the government, rights and assists them in
formulating decisions in health and social care (Davies, 2005).
Moreover, the media is in charge of educating people on health and social care, as it is
able to reach many. For instance, the media can educate the public about risks associated with
smoking. This can be carried out through health education programs through social media

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platforms. Again, the media can be used as a platform for announcing events related to health
and social care including risks of certain drugs, and epidemics. Health and social care institutions
can also utilize the media to market services to the larger public. However, they should ensure
that the ads are convincing and also attractive to help people make informed decisions (Kelly et
al. 2005). The objective of any ad is to attract the attention of people; the more attractive the ad
is the higher the ability to influence their attitudes and behaviors.

Task 2.2 Evaluating the Reliability and Validity Of Media Content
It’s vital for people to assess validity as well as the reliability of information prior to
considering it factual. The public can ascertain this by evaluating the source of information, the
issuance of the data and the manner in which it is released and presented. There are different
sources of data, for example, government websites, and advocacy groups, political, and religious
institutions. The public must understand the agenda behind any information or basically to create
awareness. For instance, information released by the Ministry of Health (MoH) on a given policy
issue is reliable in comparison to that provided by lobby groups (Hopson, 2013).
Presently, UK is campaigning for quality health and social care by incorporating the
elderly people. This campaign is organized by the government, making it valid and reliable as it
values the interests of its population. Conversely, in the United States, there is Obama care,
which purposes to modify insurance sector to cater for the healthcare needs of low-income
earners. The bill was widely debated; some opposed it while other supported it. However, the
media plays an important role of presenting facts and views about the bill (Hopson, 2013). By
and large, the public must get information from reliable sources like government sites and
publications.

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Task 3.1 Contemporary Issue
Compared to previous years, Britain population is healthier than ever. Nonetheless,
regardless of the improving health of the population, minorities’ health is increasing at a
remarkable low rate in comparison to the general population. In the attempt to address the issues,
it has been challenging, particularly, for healthcare providers as well as policy makers. It is
evident that causes of inequalities are determined based on social factors (Hara, 2011).
Employment industry and education structures plan access to job opportunities based on the
society. Moreover, inequalities are influenced by sexuality, gender, and racial background.
Experts have demonstrated that addressing unequal allocation of the variable of health is vital in
terms of improving Britain’s health sector. Facts on the mortality rates of immigrants
demonstrate the presence of heterogeneity across minorities.
Task 3.2 Monitoring different perspectives
In the UK, ethnic groups comprise of about eight percent or 4.6 million individuals of the
entire population. Previous studies have shown that racial communities have a low quality of
health in comparison to white Caucasians in conditions like heart diseases, mental health, and
stroke among others (Hickey, 2014). In the past years, healthcare inequalities of various
ethnicities are common in various healthcare institutions across the UK. The UK government in
the past decade provided data on the healthcare gaps across the nation and also certain areas that
the gap was increasing (Davies, 2005). The inequalities start at birth, for example, children born
in poor households are in danger of being born premature and developing chronic illness in
adulthood. This leads to the cycle of inequalities. As such, the government has initiated a number
of measures with the objective of investigating aspects of healthcare inequalities while reducing

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it among racial communities. Some of the initiatives are; Health Challenge England; Spearhead
Primary Care Trusts; Race for Care and so forth. Much as initiatives were introduced to not only
improve, but also minimise healthcare gaps. Some have been successful, while others were have
failed in addressing inequalities in healthcare.
Task3.3 Significance of results to health and social care
Previous studies on health and social care documented in a number of journals have been
the basis upon which health experts use to practice while improving service delivery. These
studies are crucial when it comes to creating awareness about challenges in health and social care
and presents a general understanding of handling such challenges. For example, many
intellectuals have investigated about the significance of training of healthcare experts on
ethnicity and cultural diversity of UK’s populace (Davies, 2005). This a suitable step because it
helps health care experts to be conscious of the expectations of racial communities, including
beliefs, practices, and social conditions. Furthermore, findings are used publicly as the
foundation for informing them about new events in health and social care industry such that the
they are aware of the healthcare gaps across health care institutions across the UK. Data from
government published on their sites about health care gaps is helpful since it informs the public
on current issues on health and social care. In addition, advocacy groups publish information
about social and health care on their sites and other channels to create public awareness.
Task 3.4 Factors influencing development of various perspectives
A number of factors are attributed to the development of various perspectives over a
given time frame, for instance, ignorance about the health care requirements racial minorities.
Regardless, of the enhanced outcomes conducted through ethnic diversity initiatives, three is a
lack of provisions for health care experts across the UK apart from in psychiatry. Therefore, it is

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important for health education to integrate principle that purpose to achieve the objectives of
improving health for the entire population, and identification of special health requirements,
belief and communication challenges of racial groups (Anon, 2013). Many health professionals
state that changing lifestyles in inner cities have contributed to increasing the number of ethnic
minorities. In fact, Asians people in the UK has increased considerably, hence, it is crucial to
find a remedy to these issues. Other elements that influence the growth of various perspectives
include economic constraints, availability of adequate information, and changing roles of
corporates in managing hospitals. These factors were evident in the past and they have greatly
influenced the perception of people. As such, this is a field that planners and policy makers
should take into account when making decisions (Anon. 2013).
Task4.1: The extent of local attitudes reflect those found at a national level
Recently, NHS has been under pressure to review measures aimed at reducing health
inequalities. On one hand, reports indicate that NHS is not effective in terms of minimizing
health inequalities, on the other, the gap is increasing considerably. The reports call upon the
government to concentrate on issues at different health institutions while highlighting the main
cause of such inequalities. Social and economic issues are main causes of changes in behaviour
and attitude in local and national levels are not adequately emphasized (Morris, Carrell &
McDonald, 2016). There is the need for education and training programs on social causes of
illnesses while encouraging health specialists to advocate for patients. The media has played its
role of reporting health gaps as well as changing racial minorities face in the UK. While the
released data can be deceptive, its necessary for the government to provide information so as to
ascertain accurate facts on health inequalities reach the public. Furthermore, the government
must use various modes of media to release the information including television, radios, websites

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among others (Hara, 2011). Again, the government must inform the public on necessary
measures to address health inequalities, for instance, integrating progress records on initiatives
they have implemented.
With respect to local level, there is a wide range of beliefs and practices that greatly
influence health status. The majority of people in local areas do not want to change the manner in
which they take medication, they still believe in their practices. This is an aspect that contributes
to spreading of diseases. At the local level, social care facilities are regarded as ineffective and
simply a place for caring for elderly individuals. Subsequently, local attitudes lead to many
national issues. If individuals are not able to reduce the spread of endemic, it is reflected at the
national level, which leads to remarkable risks to economic, health and physical issues.
Therefore, to reduce while ensuring the country’s population is health, everyone should be
involved.
Task 4.2 Evaluation of validity of public attitudes and behaviors
Healthcare is a field that entails creating awareness about health related issues (Willby,
2008). This also entails wide areas associated with social, spiritual, intellectual, physical, and
environmental health. This is the basis upon which people learn to conduct themselves in a way
that is appropriate to the promotion of health. In many instances, media post news without taking
into account the element of empathy. The variation in public attitude and behaviour can be as a
result of the gap in income. The public’s response to social platforms in the promotion of health
is positive. As a matter of fact, social platforms are commonly employed to influence
individuals’ behaviour towards health. Social promoters use several marketing strategies
including placing information in clinics, community outreach, and promotion. Therefore, based
on the case study the information will significantly influence public attitude as well as behaviors.

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In addition, releasing information on elderly abuse in the public will demonstrate the increased
health gaps of this group.
In turn, this will contribute to the formation of groups that aims to create awareness about
elderly abuse. The groups can also organize peaceful protests to get the government to enact laws
that prohibit abuse of elderly. The groups can also educate elderly people about their rights and
how to increase their wellbeing. Releasing such data contributes to contemporary thinking in
terms of health and social care, which makes the government be effective in the provision of
services to all.
Task 4.3 Effects of contemporary thinking
Contemporary thinking in the delivery of health and social care can result in many
consequences. For instance, it helps in educating the public about what the government is doing
and ways of addressing a given social and health event. Nonetheless, the public should be
cautious regarding the sources of the information. Moreover, the public must ensure the
information is not only valid, but also reliable (Willby, 2008). This is because the released data
impacts on the public’s attitude, behaviour, and thoughts. Caution should then be considered
prior to release. Contemporary thinking involves the utilization of informatics in health and
social care, which is imperative in obtaining good outcomes including; management of care
setting; team collaboration; and negotiation.
Conclusion
In the end, this paper determined to highlight not just an overview and insight on global
health issues, but also the role played by the media to inform the wider society. Accordingly, the
public has a pertinent role to play as well. While almost everyone has an obligation towards
reporting, individual attitudes and the motive behind reporting is of a great importance . The

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national health issues tend to play out in the global sphere. Hence globally major issues tend to
happen to owe to the attitudes of local peoples. Again the relevant authorities should take a lead
to create public awareness, in healthcare related issues and determine the veracity of
publications. While it is vital to champion the notion that the young should always be educated
through media, they should always take limited interest in media publications. It is imperative for
the public to assess the consistency and legitimacy of media content before they can think of
consuming it. This starts with evaluating not just the information source, but also who is
dispensing the information and how the content is disseminated. Some of these sources may
include the political class, religious agenda, government sources and lobby groups among others.
The public ought to analyse whether or not the information presented is aimed at playing with
the public emotions or simply reporting plain facts.

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Introduction
This essay revolves around the case review associated with elderly abuse in health and
social care. Elderly abuse has been on the high increase in the recent past largely because the
government has failed to perform its obligations. This paper sets out to put certain issues into
perspective so as to enable a friendly environment to the elderly to the elderly persons in the
community.
Task 1.1 Description of how information could reach the public
The content based on the case study analysed in this paper ought to reach the public
sphere at all costs. To begin with, there is a need for a well-structured response mechanism to
facilitate the disclosure of all manner of abuses to the concerned authorities (Seale, 2003). Again,
the abused persons should not be afraid of the outcomes of disclosing the wrongs meted against
them. There has been a culture where wrongs meted out by one party are perpetuated because the
injured party is ignorant of the right channels that would help them seek help or talk about them
to get the required public attention. In our contemporary world, for instance, help relating to
electronic shopping, fast foods among other associated aspects is widely available.
Nonetheless, no one pays much attention to the elderly. Moreover, available channels of
communication have been outrun with time, an aspect that makes it intricate to communicate.
This backdrop calls for an appropriate review of the situation by the regulators. However,
because the government may not be able to do everything for everyone, people ought to take
initiatives when it comes to reporting the issues to the relevant authorities. In the UK, for
instance, the modifications to the components of Southern Cross have culminated to several

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mistakes (Hara, 2011).
The Southern Cross has been relentless to providing new information concerning the
projected new operators for a momentous proportion of its residential and nursing homes in
England. Nonetheless, owing to poor management and communication methods, there is a
scenario of chaos right now (Johnston & Andy, 2013). The authorities and the law enforcers
should work closely with those respective houses. On the other hand, the locals should help the
authorities as much as they can to ensure these cases are reported promptly.
Task 1.2 Analysis of different media techniques such as media, leaflets, newspapers used
for communicating information associated with elderly care.
Media plays an integral role when it comes to disseminating societal issues. However,
information linked to elderly care never reaches the public because of the failure of the media to
report about it. Nevertheless, the media house should not be subjected to blames or held
responsible for not covering some issues, or for simply reporting issues that the public is
interested to hear. Contemporary media for instance, reports more about the popular trends
regardless of whether or not they have any relevance to the public (Hickey, 2014). During prime
time, media goes out to report sensational news too. In this respect, the perception of the media
attitude should be altered (Davies, 2005). Moreover, information associated with elderly issues
should be disseminated without any repression or omission. With the advents of social media, it
becomes easier to disclose social ills rather fast. There is a need to put into use social media.
Task 1.3 influence of divergent ways on people’s attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors
Much as people’s attitudes and behaviors are diverse, it is easier to influence them
through different channels. For instance, type of media, presentation layout, content, logical
visual basics, and sound influence people’s attitudes and behaviors. And because the people’s

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attitudes can be altered through visualization and sounds, it becomes effective per se. In due
course, enhancing people’s understanding about particular issues through graphical
representations will certainly enhance their attitudes and behavior.

Task 2.1 Influence of media on the attitudes and behaviour of people
The media has many functions and the key one is informing the public about current
events. In the healthcare sector, the media informs the public about current issues related to
health and social care including an outbreak of illnesses, new medicines, treatment techniques
and so forth. The increased demand for data has contributed to advancement in periodicals,
newspapers, television programs that address health, and social care. Discussions on current
events associated with health and social care is done to inform public. Such debates involve
professionals from different fields of health and social care to influence perception of the public
(Willby, 2008). For instance, in the US there was a discussion on a department in Novartis that
paid a large sum of money to physicians following a prescription manufactured by the company.
This scenario will affect public behaviors and attitude towards the products of these firms.
The media can be used as a watchdog of political structure to influence people’s attitude
and behaviour. This way the media creates awareness about political structures, by releasing
important political opinions, and conditions associated with health and social care. Therefore, a
person is empowered to access information about the government, rights and assists them in
formulating decisions in health and social care (Davies, 2005).
Moreover, the media is in charge of educating people on health and social care, as it is
able to reach many. For instance, the media can educate the public about risks associated with
smoking. This can be carried out through health education programs through social media

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platforms. Again, the media can be used as a platform for announcing events related to health
and social care including risks of certain drugs, and epidemics. Health and social care institutions
can also utilize the media to market services to the larger public. However, they should ensure
that the ads are convincing and also attractive to help people make informed decisions (Kelly et
al. 2005). The objective of any ad is to attract the attention of people; the more attractive the ad
is the higher the ability to influence their attitudes and behaviors.

Task 2.2 Evaluating the Reliability and Validity Of Media Content
It’s vital for people to assess validity as well as the reliability of information prior to
considering it factual. The public can ascertain this by evaluating the source of information, the
issuance of the data and the manner in which it is released and presented. There are different
sources of data, for example, government websites, and advocacy groups, political, and religious
institutions. The public must understand the agenda behind any information or basically to create
awareness. For instance, information released by the Ministry of Health (MoH) on a given policy
issue is reliable in comparison to that provided by lobby groups (Hopson, 2013).
Presently, UK is campaigning for quality health and social care by incorporating the
elderly people. This campaign is organized by the government, making it valid and reliable as it
values the interests of its population. Conversely, in the United States, there is Obama care,
which purposes to modify insurance sector to cater for the healthcare needs of low-income
earners. The bill was widely debated; some opposed it while other supported it. However, the
media plays an important role of presenting facts and views about the bill (Hopson, 2013). By
and large, the public must get information from reliable sources like government sites and
publications.

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Task 3.1 Contemporary Issue
Compared to previous years, Britain population is healthier than ever. Nonetheless,
regardless of the improving health of the population, minorities’ health is increasing at a
remarkable low rate in comparison to the general population. In the attempt to address the issues,
it has been challenging, particularly, for healthcare providers as well as policy makers. It is
evident that causes of inequalities are determined based on social factors (Hara, 2011).
Employment industry and education structures plan access to job opportunities based on the
society. Moreover, inequalities are influenced by sexuality, gender, and racial background.
Experts have demonstrated that addressing unequal allocation of the variable of health is vital in
terms of improving Britain’s health sector. Facts on the mortality rates of immigrants
demonstrate the presence of heterogeneity across minorities.
Task 3.2 Monitoring different perspectives
In the UK, ethnic groups comprise of about eight percent or 4.6 million individuals of the
entire population. Previous studies have shown that racial communities have a low quality of
health in comparison to white Caucasians in conditions like heart diseases, mental health, and
stroke among others (Hickey, 2014). In the past years, healthcare inequalities of various
ethnicities are common in various healthcare institutions across the UK. The UK government in
the past decade provided data on the healthcare gaps across the nation and also certain areas that
the gap was increasing (Davies, 2005). The inequalities start at birth, for example, children born
in poor households are in danger of being born premature and developing chronic illness in
adulthood. This leads to the cycle of inequalities. As such, the government has initiated a number
of measures with the objective of investigating aspects of healthcare inequalities while reducing

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it among racial communities. Some of the initiatives are; Health Challenge England; Spearhead
Primary Care Trusts; Race for Care and so forth. Much as initiatives were introduced to not only
improve, but also minimise healthcare gaps. Some have been successful, while others were have
failed in addressing inequalities in healthcare.
Task3.3 Significance of results to health and social care
Previous studies on health and social care documented in a number of journals have been
the basis upon which health experts use to practice while improving service delivery. These
studies are crucial when it comes to creating awareness about challenges in health and social care
and presents a general understanding of handling such challenges. For example, many
intellectuals have investigated about the significance of training of healthcare experts on
ethnicity and cultural diversity of UK’s populace (Davies, 2005). This a suitable step because it
helps health care experts to be conscious of the expectations of racial communities, including
beliefs, practices, and social conditions. Furthermore, findings are used publicly as the
foundation for informing them about new events in health and social care industry such that the
they are aware of the healthcare gaps across health care institutions across the UK. Data from
government published on their sites about health care gaps is helpful since it informs the public
on current issues on health and social care. In addition, advocacy groups publish information
about social and health care on their sites and other channels to create public awareness.
Task 3.4 Factors influencing development of various perspectives
A number of factors are attributed to the development of various perspectives over a
given time frame, for instance, ignorance about the health care requirements racial minorities.
Regardless, of the enhanced outcomes conducted through ethnic diversity initiatives, three is a
lack of provisions for health care experts across the UK apart from in psychiatry. Therefore, it is

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important for health education to integrate principle that purpose to achieve the objectives of
improving health for the entire population, and identification of special health requirements,
belief and communication challenges of racial groups (Anon, 2013). Many health professionals
state that changing lifestyles in inner cities have contributed to increasing the number of ethnic
minorities. In fact, Asians people in the UK has increased considerably, hence, it is crucial to
find a remedy to these issues. Other elements that influence the growth of various perspectives
include economic constraints, availability of adequate information, and changing roles of
corporates in managing hospitals. These factors were evident in the past and they have greatly
influenced the perception of people. As such, this is a field that planners and policy makers
should take into account when making decisions (Anon. 2013).
Task4.1: The extent of local attitudes reflect those found at a national level
Recently, NHS has been under pressure to review measures aimed at reducing health
inequalities. On one hand, reports indicate that NHS is not effective in terms of minimizing
health inequalities, on the other, the gap is increasing considerably. The reports call upon the
government to concentrate on issues at different health institutions while highlighting the main
cause of such inequalities. Social and economic issues are main causes of changes in behaviour
and attitude in local and national levels are not adequately emphasized (Morris, Carrell &
McDonald, 2016). There is the need for education and training programs on social causes of
illnesses while encouraging health specialists to advocate for patients. The media has played its
role of reporting health gaps as well as changing racial minorities face in the UK. While the
released data can be deceptive, its necessary for the government to provide information so as to
ascertain accurate facts on health inequalities reach the public. Furthermore, the government
must use various modes of media to release the information including television, radios, websites

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among others (Hara, 2011). Again, the government must inform the public on necessary
measures to address health inequalities, for instance, integrating progress records on initiatives
they have implemented.
With respect to local level, there is a wide range of beliefs and practices that greatly
influence health status. The majority of people in local areas do not want to change the manner in
which they take medication, they still believe in their practices. This is an aspect that contributes
to spreading of diseases. At the local level, social care facilities are regarded as ineffective and
simply a place for caring for elderly individuals. Subsequently, local attitudes lead to many
national issues. If individuals are not able to reduce the spread of endemic, it is reflected at the
national level, which leads to remarkable risks to economic, health and physical issues.
Therefore, to reduce while ensuring the country’s population is health, everyone should be
involved.
Task 4.2 Evaluation of validity of public attitudes and behaviors
Healthcare is a field that entails creating awareness about health related issues (Willby,
2008). This also entails wide areas associated with social, spiritual, intellectual, physical, and
environmental health. This is the basis upon which people learn to conduct themselves in a way
that is appropriate to the promotion of health. In many instances, media post news without taking
into account the element of empathy. The variation in public attitude and behaviour can be as a
result of the gap in income. The public’s response to social platforms in the promotion of health
is positive. As a matter of fact, social platforms are commonly employed to influence
individuals’ behaviour towards health. Social promoters use several marketing strategies
including placing information in clinics, community outreach, and promotion. Therefore, based
on the case study the information will significantly influence public attitude as well as behaviors.

Running head: SOCIAL HEALTHCARE 9

In addition, releasing information on elderly abuse in the public will demonstrate the increased
health gaps of this group.
In turn, this will contribute to the formation of groups that aims to create awareness about
elderly abuse. The groups can also organize peaceful protests to get the government to enact laws
that prohibit abuse of elderly. The groups can also educate elderly people about their rights and
how to increase their wellbeing. Releasing such data contributes to contemporary thinking in
terms of health and social care, which makes the government be effective in the provision of
services to all.
Task 4.3 Effects of contemporary thinking
Contemporary thinking in the delivery of health and social care can result in many
consequences. For instance, it helps in educating the public about what the government is doing
and ways of addressing a given social and health event. Nonetheless, the public should be
cautious regarding the sources of the information. Moreover, the public must ensure the
information is not only valid, but also reliable (Willby, 2008). This is because the released data
impacts on the public’s attitude, behaviour, and thoughts. Caution should then be considered
prior to release. Contemporary thinking involves the utilization of informatics in health and
social care, which is imperative in obtaining good outcomes including; management of care
setting; team collaboration; and negotiation.
Conclusion
In the end, this paper determined to highlight not just an overview and insight on global
health issues, but also the role played by the media to inform the wider society. Accordingly, the
public has a pertinent role to play as well. While almost everyone has an obligation towards
reporting, individual attitudes and the motive behind reporting is of a great importance . The

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national health issues tend to play out in the global sphere. Hence globally major issues tend to
happen to owe to the attitudes of local peoples. Again the relevant authorities should take a lead
to create public awareness, in healthcare related issues and determine the veracity of
publications. While it is vital to champion the notion that the young should always be educated
through media, they should always take limited interest in media publications. It is imperative for
the public to assess the consistency and legitimacy of media content before they can think of
consuming it. This starts with evaluating not just the information source, but also who is
dispensing the information and how the content is disseminated. Some of these sources may
include the political class, religious agenda, government sources and lobby groups among others.
The public ought to analyse whether or not the information presented is aimed at playing with
the public emotions or simply reporting plain facts.

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