A Mixed Methods Study of Health Care Experience Among Asian Indians in the Southeastern United States.

Journal Article

The study explored health care experiences among Asian Indian immigrants living in the Southeastern United States.A concurrent triangulation mixed methods design was used with a purposive sample of 125 Asian Indian immigrants aged between 40 and 64 years in the survey and 10 participants in the focus group.The majority of the participants had health insurance and higher socioeconomic status. They had a moderate level of knowledge on the U.S. health care system and health insurance while presenting moderate satisfaction with the system. Barriers to health care services and needs in the health care system were identified from both quantitative and qualitative data. Some of the barriers were high costs, dissatisfaction with services, and inconvenience in accessing services. Participants called for self-management and community-based health programs as well as culturally tailored health care services.Findings congruent with prior studies further support the importance of comprehending Asian Indians' unique cultural background and experiences in the health care system. This study can be the foundation for culturally competent care to advance the body of transcultural nursing knowledge.Culturally congruent community-based health care programs are needed to provide better care for the ethnic minority to maintain and promote their health status.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • De Gagne, JC; Oh, J; So, A; Haidermota, M; Lee, S-Y

Published Date

  • September 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 354 - 364

PubMed ID

  • 24803531

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7832

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-6596

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1043659614526247

Language

  • eng