Health care and social service use among Chinese immigrant elders.

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Journal Article

We explored patterns and reasons for health and social service use among Chinese immigrant elders. Interviews were conducted with 27 Chinese immigrant elders, 11 adult care giving children, and 12 health and social service providers. Content analysis of these data indicated that participants across groups agreed that Chinese elders under-utilize services because of problems related to language, transportation, cost, long waits for appointments, and because of cultural norms/values related to need for care, preference for self-over professional care, fear, and distrust of western biomedicine, and the obligation to refrain from using formal services. These problems are complicated by geographical dispersion and dialect differences in the local Chinese immigrant community.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aroian, KJ; Wu, B; Tran, TV

Published Date

  • April 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 95 - 105

PubMed ID

  • 15779058

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15779058

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-240X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-6891

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/nur.20069

Language

  • eng