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Channels of health communications used among Korean and Asian Indian older adults

TitleChannels of health communications used among Korean and Asian Indian older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsLee, JS
JournalSoc Work Health CareSoc Work Health Care
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number1541-034X (Electronic)<br/>0098-1389 (Linking)
Accession Number20175021
KeywordsAged, Asian Americans, Community-Institutional Relations, Cultural Competency, Emigrants and Immigrants/psychology, Female, Focus Groups, Health Promotion/ methods, Humans, India/ethnology, Information Dissemination, Korea/ethnology, Male, Mass Media, New York City, Professional-Patient Relations, Social Work
AbstractAccording to Healthy People 2010, health communication is an important tool to reduce health disparities. Communication channels in which people prefer to receive health information may differ by race/ethnicity. One of the main challenges in designing an effective health communication program is to identify the most trusted and most often used channels of health information by Asian older adults. The aim of this study is to determine which health communication channels can be used to promote healthy lifestyles among older adults. A non-probability, convenience-sampling technique was used to recruit Korean (n = 9) and Asian Indian (n = 9) older adults from two senior centers in New York City. The findings from the two focus groups identified three distinct channels used by Asian older adults when obtaining health information: interpersonal (i.e., health care providers, word of mouth), mass media (i.e., ethnic mass media sources), and community specific (i.e., religious organizations, community centers). Health communication is an important area for prevention. Increased efforts are needed to develop culturally appropriate health messages and equally important to deliver these messages in the context in which Asian older adults trust and use the most.