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Hard choices: The use of Western vs. Chinese traditional medicine by the Chinese homebound elderly, New York City: A community health survey

TitleHard choices: The use of Western vs. Chinese traditional medicine by the Chinese homebound elderly, New York City: A community health survey
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsKa, V
JournalJournal of Long Term Home Health Care: The PRIDE Institute JournalJournal of Long Term Home Health Care: The PRIDE Institute Journal
Volume17
Pagination2-10
Date PublishedSpr
ISBN Number1072-4281
Accession NumberPeer-Reviewed Status-Unknown: 1998-02901-001
Keywords*Age Differences, *Attitudes, *Medical Treatment (General), attitudes toward & practices of Western vs Chinese traditional medicine & practices, Chinese homebound elderly aged 64-75 vs 75+ yrs, Chinese Cultural Groups, Health Psychology & Medicine [3360], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), us
AbstractDescribes the findings of a survey carried out on the Chinese homebound elderly in the Living-At-Home program in New York City during the summer of 1997 to determine this population's attitudes toward and practices of Western medicine and Chinese traditional medicine and practices. A questionnaire was administered to a selected sample of 19 Cantonese-speaking homebound elderly patients, aged 64-90 yrs. The results of this survey show that although the program does not allow the patients to use medications not prescribed to them by the hospital's doctor, 84% continue to use Chinese traditional treatments that they were brought up with. This large percentage reveals a need for the program to reevaluate its policy and perhaps incorporate Chinese traditional medicine in the provision of care. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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