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Health Care and Social Service Use Among Chinese Immigrant Elders

TitleHealth Care and Social Service Use Among Chinese Immigrant Elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsAroian, KJ, Wu, B, Tran, TV
JournalResearch in Nursing & HealthResearch in Nursing & Health
Volume28
Pagination95-105
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number0160-6891<br/>1098-240X
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2005-03553-002
Keywords*Chinese Cultural Groups, *Health Care Services, *Health Care Utilization, *Immigration, *Social Services, Aging, Elder Care, Health & Mental Health Services [3370], health care utilization, social service use, Chinese immigrant elders, health care services, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Thirties (30-39 yrs) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), us
AbstractWe explored patterns and reasons for health and social service use among Chinese immigrant elders. Interviews were conducted with 27 Chinese immigrant elders, 11 adult care giving children, and 12 health and social service providers. Content analysis of these data indicated that participants across groups agreed that Chinese elders underutilize services because of problems related to language, transportation, cost, long waits for appointments, and because of cultural norms/values related to need for care, preference for self-over professional care, fear, and distrust of western biomedicine, and the obligation to refrain from using formal services. These problems are complicated by geographical dispersion and dialect differences in the local Chinese immigrant community. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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