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Older Asian Americans' primary care use: Examining the effect of perceived mental health need

TitleOlder Asian Americans' primary care use: Examining the effect of perceived mental health need
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsNguyen, DD
JournalSocial Work in Mental HealthSocial Work in Mental Health
Volume10
Pagination89-103
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1533-2985
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2012-01614-001
Keywords*Asians, *Health Disparities, *Help Seeking Behavior, *Mental Health, *Primary Health Care, Aging, Chinese Cultural Groups, Ethnic Identity, Health & Mental Health Services [3370], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), older Asian Americans, primary care, mental health, help seeking behavior, health disparity, ethnicity, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, us, Vietnamese Cultural Groups
AbstractPrior health services research has overlooked older Asian Americans. Extending research on older Asian Americans' help-seeking behaviors can inform health disparity interventions. This study used existing data to examine the effects of ethnicity and perceived mental health need on physician use among Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese over the age of 50. Nearly all who perceived a mental health need sought primary care. Multivariate analyses showed perceived mental health need affected physician use differently for each ethnic group. Collaboration between social workers and other healthcare professionals to identify and address mental health needs among diverse older Asian Americans can reduce mental health disparities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).