Health Literacy and Impact Factors of the Southeast Asian Immigrant Women in Taiwan

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304306
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Health Literacy and Impact Factors of the Southeast Asian Immigrant Women in Taiwan
Author(s):
Chen, Shu-Fen; Wang, Mei-Hua; Tsai, Tzu-I
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Lambda Beta
Author Details:
Shu-Fen Chen, MSN, RN, csf2@ms26.hinet.net; Mei-Hua Wang, MSN, RN; Tzu-I Tsai, PhD, RN;
Abstract:

Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Purpose:

Health literacy has been recognized as an important attribute to health outcome and health care utilization. Immigrants are at the high risk of poor health literacy due to language barriers and unfamiliar sociocultural context in the mainstream society. The purpose of this study was to explore the ways Southeast Asian immigrant women gain access to, understand, and use health information and services in healthcare delivery system of Taiwan.

Methods:

This qualitative study used exploratory focus group and in-depth interview to collect information particularly with respect to the concerns of the health literacy framework. Five focus groups conducted with twenty-one Southeast Asian immigrant women and eighteen in-depth individual interviews with a range of health care providers.

Results:

The results indicate clearly that, without basic literate skills, the majority immigrant women had difficulty becoming health literate enough to manage health-relevant information and navigate within the context of Taiwan healthcare system. Childcare and mental health are two most important healthcare information and services immigrant women need. A communication gap between immigrant women and health care providers is often created as the results of language barriers and cultural incompetence.

Conclusion:

With limited language skills, immigrants face numerous barriers to navigate health information, interact with healthcare providers, and gain access to healthcare service. Implications for the study findings are discussed.

Keywords:
Southeast Asian immigrant women; Health literacy; health needs
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleHealth Literacy and Impact Factors of the Southeast Asian Immigrant Women in Taiwanen
dc.contributor.authorChen, Shu-Fenen
dc.contributor.authorWang, Mei-Huaen
dc.contributor.authorTsai, Tzu-Ien
dc.contributor.departmentLambda Betaen
dc.author.detailsShu-Fen Chen, MSN, RN, csf2@ms26.hinet.net; Mei-Hua Wang, MSN, RN; Tzu-I Tsai, PhD, RN;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304306-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> <p>Health literacy has been recognized as an important attribute to health outcome and health care utilization. Immigrants are at the high risk of poor health literacy due to language barriers and unfamiliar sociocultural context in the mainstream society. The purpose of this study was to explore the ways Southeast Asian immigrant women gain access to, understand, and use health information and services in healthcare delivery system of Taiwan. <p><b>Methods: </b> <p>This qualitative study used exploratory focus group and in-depth interview to collect information particularly with respect to the concerns of the health literacy framework. Five focus groups conducted with twenty-one Southeast Asian immigrant women and eighteen in-depth individual interviews with a range of health care providers. <p><b>Results: </b> <p>The results indicate clearly that, without basic literate skills, the majority immigrant women had difficulty becoming health literate enough to manage health-relevant information and navigate within the context of Taiwan healthcare system. Childcare and mental health are two most important healthcare information and services immigrant women need. A communication gap between immigrant women and health care providers is often created as the results of language barriers and cultural incompetence. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p>With limited language skills, immigrants face numerous barriers to navigate health information, interact with healthcare providers, and gain access to healthcare service. Implications for the study findings are discussed.en
dc.subjectSoutheast Asian immigrant womenen
dc.subjectHealth literacyen
dc.subjecthealth needsen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:33:13Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:33:13Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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