2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150238
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Health Care Utilization among Chinese Elderly Immigrants
Abstract:
Health Care Utilization among Chinese Elderly Immigrants
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Aroian, Karen, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN
P.I. Institution Name:Wayne State University
Title:professor
Objective: Asians are the fastest growing population in the US. Chinese elders constitute the largest group of older Asians in the US. Chinese elderly immigrants have documented health problems. Yet this group is reported to under utilize health care. Since the reasons for under utilization are not known, this study explored factors that affect health care use among elderly Chinese immigrants. Design: A qualitative, case-oriented study design was used to replicate a previous study that was conducted with elderly Russian immigrants. Sample: The sample was from the Boston area and included 27 elderly immigrants from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; 11 adult children who are caregivers for their elderly Chinese parents; and 12 health professionals who serve this immigrant group. Methods: Individual and focus group interviews were conducted to elicit perceptions about the patterns of and reasons for Chinese elders’ health care use. Perceptions were summarized through content analysis of the interview data. Findings: Everyone agreed that Chinese elders had many physical and mental health problems. Despite the high prevalence of health problems, everyone also agreed that Chinese elders are reluctant to seek health care unless their health problems are acutely serious. Cultural preferences and beliefs as well as structural barriers accounted for the under use of health care. Cultural reasons for under utilization included a preference for traditional Chinese practices, in part because of fear of western medicine; a reliance on self over professional care; and different criteria for when to seek professional care. Structural barriers included language and transportation difficulties. Implications: These findings provide the knowledge base for educational strategies to decrease Chinese elders' fear and increase their knowledge of when to seek formal western health care and to inform health professionals about the self-care practices that Chinese elders substitute for formal western health care.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealth Care Utilization among Chinese Elderly Immigrantsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150238-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Health Care Utilization among Chinese Elderly Immigrants</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Aroian, Karen, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Wayne State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">aroian@wayne.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: Asians are the fastest growing population in the US. Chinese elders constitute the largest group of older Asians in the US. Chinese elderly immigrants have documented health problems. Yet this group is reported to under utilize health care. Since the reasons for under utilization are not known, this study explored factors that affect health care use among elderly Chinese immigrants. Design: A qualitative, case-oriented study design was used to replicate a previous study that was conducted with elderly Russian immigrants. Sample: The sample was from the Boston area and included 27 elderly immigrants from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; 11 adult children who are caregivers for their elderly Chinese parents; and 12 health professionals who serve this immigrant group. Methods: Individual and focus group interviews were conducted to elicit perceptions about the patterns of and reasons for Chinese elders&rsquo; health care use. Perceptions were summarized through content analysis of the interview data. Findings: Everyone agreed that Chinese elders had many physical and mental health problems. Despite the high prevalence of health problems, everyone also agreed that Chinese elders are reluctant to seek health care unless their health problems are acutely serious. Cultural preferences and beliefs as well as structural barriers accounted for the under use of health care. Cultural reasons for under utilization included a preference for traditional Chinese practices, in part because of fear of western medicine; a reliance on self over professional care; and different criteria for when to seek professional care. Structural barriers included language and transportation difficulties. Implications: These findings provide the knowledge base for educational strategies to decrease Chinese elders' fear and increase their knowledge of when to seek formal western health care and to inform health professionals about the self-care practices that Chinese elders substitute for formal western health care.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:19:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:19:41Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
All Items in this repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.