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Delay behavior is the act of delaying of seeking the treatment for recognized treatment. The treatment can be delay when a patient does not want to be treated by doing the necessary test such as blood test, body check-up at the hospital and this may affect them in their life when they occur in a serious illness.  The stages of delay behavior are Appraisal Delay, Illness Delay, Behavioural Delay and Medical Delay. Firstly, appraisal delay is the time between of recognizing which a symptom is being exists and decided that the symptom is serious, or the time taken to decide that a symptom is serious. For appraisal stage, patient will think that their illness is not very serious, therefore they take a longer time to accept their symptoms as a sign of their illness. For example, Janet who smoke daily and she always smoke at least two packets of cigarettes daily. Smoking can cause fatal diseases such as lung cancer and smoking may cause 84% of death from lung cancer. Janet smoking habit is really bad, and she may experience from chest pain. The likely causes of appraisal delay is Janet did not think that it is a symptom which will lead to lung cancer, hence Janet will not pay any attention of her illness because she does not care about her illness at all.  Secondly, illness delay is the time between of recognizing which a symptom implies an illness and make decision to seek treatment. For example, Janet may experience from chest pain due to smoke too much daily. However, Janet will have realised that she feels pain on her chest very often and she have difficulty in breathing. Thus, Janet need to plan a schedule time that she is available to go for a full body check-up and seek treatment for her illness to cure chest pain. The likely causes of illness delay is Janet will be thinking of not going for full body check-up at the hospital due to the hospital fee is very expensive and she will find a reasonable way to stop the chest pain from the illness. Thirdly, behavioural delay is the time between of deciding to seek treatment and the patient must take action immediately. For example, Janet has known that her pain on the chest has come to worst situation. Therefore, she wants to visit at the hospital to seek help from the doctor to do her treatment. The likely causes of behavioural delay is Janet is unable to find place other than hospital to cure for her illness. Hence, the illness can be worst due to the actions that she takes to delay her treatment of her illness.  Lastly, medical delay is delaying in treatment symptoms which results from problems with the medical system such as test results is lost or faulty diagnoses by the doctor or the time that elapses between the person’s calling for an appointment and his or her receiving appropriate medical care. For example, Janet should receive treatment immediately from the hospital so that she will not delay her treatment due to her illness will be worsen. Hence, she will need to make appointment at the hospital immediately so that the doctors can treat her illness. The likely causes of medical delay is Janet does not have the time to treat her illness because she has no social support from her family or friends, therefore she tries to delay her illness when her illness comes to worse. She does not want to treatment her illness because she is worried about the hospital fee of her treatment at the hospital, and she scared that she has insufficient savings to pay for her hospital fee due to financial problem.  I feel that there are a few actions that Janet can avoid of going for treatment when she realises about her condition. Firstly, Health Promotion Board can organise health body check-up monthly at around her place so that Janet can have time to do her full-body check-up at the place. This can allow her to do her check-up so that she can know her illness conditions on whether she is healthy fit or not. Secondly, Janet’s family or friends should show care to Janet by pursuing Janet to go for full body check-up monthly so that Janet can know her condition well on whether is she sick or not. If she is sick, Janet’s family or friends can accompany her to the hospital to go for her treatment before her condition is being worse. Lastly, the government can help the needy people who have financial problem such as giving subsidies to the needy people to pay for their hospital fee.  In conclusion, people will go through the four stages of delay behaviour because they will have the fear or worried of the treatment to cure their illness based on their condition. I feel that the four stages of delay behaviour will affect in my life when I fall sick or I occur to serious illness. If I occur to serious illness, I should not delay my treatment, hence I will need to cure the illness immediately so that my condition will not worsen.