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Factors affecting utilization of health services and home- and community-based care programs by older Taiwanese in the United States

TitleFactors affecting utilization of health services and home- and community-based care programs by older Taiwanese in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsKuo, T, Torres-Gil, FM
JournalResearch on AgingResearch on Aging
Volume23
Pagination14-36
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number0164-0275<br/>1552-7573
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2000-12589-001
Keywords*Chinese Cultural Groups, *Community Services, *Health Care Utilization, *Home Care, *Immigration, factors affecting uses of health services & home- & community-based care programs, immigrant Taiwanese 65-85+ yr olds, US, Health & Mental Health Services [3370], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Taiwan US
AbstractExamined the factors that affect how older Taiwanese residing in the US use health services and home- and community-based care (HCBC) programs. 240 Ss (aged 65-85+ yrs) completed the Southern California Taiwanese American Elderly Survey. Results show that different types of structural and cultural variables affected the utilization of health services and HCBC programs. Variables predicting doctor visits tended to be culturally based and related to general health status and chronic, nonacute conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. Having a hospital stay was more related to structural factors such as living alone and having acute conditions. Using HCBC programs was related to structural factors such as living alone, cultural factors such as the preference for same-culture professionals, and functional factors such as functional limitations and arthritis. Findings suggest that Ss used HCBC programs more for social purposes than for health needs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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