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Willingness to Use a Nursing Home: A Study of Korean American Elders

TitleWillingness to Use a Nursing Home: A Study of Korean American Elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsJang, Y, Kim, G, Chiriboga, DA, Cho, S
JournalJ Appl GerontolJ Appl Gerontol
Volume27
Pagination110-117
ISBN Number1552-4523 (Electronic)<br/>0733-4648 (Linking)
Accession Number18584058
AbstractThis study explored predictors of willingness to use a nursing home in Korean American elders. Andersen's behavioral health model was adapted with predisposing factors (age, gender, education, length of residence in the United States), potential health needs (chronic condition, functional disability, self-perceived health), and network-related enabling factors (marital status and living arrangement, family network, having someone close living in a nursing home). Among 427 participants, 45% reported their willingness to use a nursing home. Logistic regression analysis showed that the likelihood of willingness increased when individuals had poorer perceived health and had a close other living in a nursing home. Findings indicate that (a) self-perceived health serves as a proxy for future needs for long-term care services, and (b) indirect exposure to formal care is an important enabler for more acceptance of nursing home use. Implications of the findings and further directions for research are discussed.
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