Brits from low-income families ‘more likely to live in pain – with 30% forced to quit work’

BRITS who struggle with pain every day are more likely to quit work because of their discomfort, a study has found.

This is because women from low-income households are also less likely to receive preventive health care.

Brits have announced they have had to stop work due to pain


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Research conducted by Hologic found that one in ten women has never been screened for health problems like blood pressure or cervical cancer, compared to just five per cent of those in a household earning more than £40,000 a year.

A study of 10,650 women in the UK found that those with a combined household income of up to £25,000 a year are less health literate and less likely to attend health screenings or vaccination invitations.

It found that 30 percent of low-income households who experience daily pain, such as joint, back or headache pains, have quit work altogether as a result, compared to just 10 percent of high-income households.

It also found that 14 percent of low-income earners don’t take advantage of health care services because they feel they aren’t needed.

They are also the least able to speak to and understand healthcare professionals, the study found.

Around 79 percent said they know where to access health information, compared with 89 percent in higher-income households, the figures show.

Although 75 percent feel informed about what it takes to be healthy, in high-income households the figure is 88 percent.

The findings come as Hologic rolled out the second year of its Global Women’s Health Index in partnership with analytics firm Gallup.

It aims to capture women’s experiences in relation to women’s health and encompasses preparedness, basic needs, opinions on health and safety, individual health and emotional health to help fill a critical gap in what the world knows about the health and well-being of the world’s women and girls.

The index assigns a score (from one to 100) for women’s health to each of 122 countries and territories, with the average global score being just 53 and no country or territory having a score higher than 70.

In 2021, the overall score for the UK fell by 3 points and now stands at 60 out of 100 points.

Tim Simpson, general manager of Hologic UK & Ireland, said: “Your wealth shouldn’t affect your access to diagnosis and treatment, but new research shows that it does

“Women are the cornerstone of families, communities and economies and more needs to be done to address the severe health inequalities they face across the UK.”

The additional survey of women’s health in the UK, conducted via OnePoll, also found that women in low-income households are the least likely to contact their GP when they have a health problem (40% compared to 46% in high-income households). ).

In fact, two-thirds of all women surveyed currently suffer from some form of physical illness, but these conditions have had a greater impact on those with lower household incomes.

Almost a quarter (24 percent) of women in low-income households with health problems find their problems compelling them to change their welfare plans.

Others said their friendships were affected (20 percent) and family relationships (19 percent).

Among the ailments more common among low-income households compared to women from high-income households are mental illness (32 percent versus 26 percent), digestive problems (11 percent versus 9 percent) and cancer (7 percent versus 5 percent).

The study also found that 24 percent of people with medical conditions in low-income households cannot afford exercise, such as gym membership or use of swimming facilities.

While 21 percent don’t have enough money to cover the cost of nutritious food, and 13 percent even struggle to take time off work to attend health appointments.

In addition, 35 percent of these women feel lonely – more than women in higher-income households (31 percent).

Hologic’s Tim Simpson added, “More than ever, we recognize the importance of preventive care, and it must be a core component of better supporting women’s health.

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“At a time of economic uncertainty for so many, we must consider the barriers women face to ensure all women have equal access to treatment and care to maintain their health.

“Through our Global Women’s Health Index, we will continue to measure the health of women in the UK and around the world so we can address the health inequalities faced by so many and drive urgent change.” Brits from low-income families ‘more likely to live in pain – with 30% forced to quit work’

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