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Health Advocates and Self Advocacy

A health advocate is a person who provides direct and personalized support to a patient or their relatives in the healthcare system. They promote access to health care in the community and support health care initiatives.

Their goal is to support, educate, and empower patients and their relatives to make suitable healthcare choices for their circumstances. They help patients in medical, financial, and other areas concerning their needs.

Health anxiety & medical care avoidance

There are many reasons why individuals avoid medical care, however, when the avoidance results in a lack of preventative and medical care, individuals are more likely to have inadequate outcomes when it comes to their health.

A study found that one-third of adults had skipped medical visits that had been deemed necessary. When evaluating the data, they could not pin-point avoidance behavior to one geographical area, socioeconomic status, or demographic — clearly, this is a global issue.

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