Accommodating type 2 diabetes in the chinese american family
Conclusions Findings highlight the importance of cultural sensitivity when working with first-generation Chinese immigrants with diabetes.
Implications for health professionals, local community centres and other potential service providers are discussed.
Objectives To investigate why first-generation Chinese immigrants with diabetes have difficulty obtaining, processing and understanding diabetes related information despite the existence of translated materials and translators.
Design This qualitative study employed purposive sampling.
Therefore, it is pertinent to investigate factors that affect the ability of this population to obtain health information (HL1), interpret health messages (HL3 and HL4) and make decisions regarding health behaviours.
Despite the significance of health literacy for adult Chinese immigrants with type 2 diabetes, few studies have examined specific factors in the social context affecting health literacy in this population.
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Each discussion lasted approximately 90 min and was guided by semistructured and open-ended questions (as shown in box 1).
Two individual interviews lasted approximately 60 min and were conducted by a trained native Mandarin Chinese speaker using the same interview guide used for the focus groups. This study was conducted collaboratively by University of Southern California, Golden Age Village, Herald Christian Health Center and Tzu Chi Health Centre in Los Angeles, and the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administration Region, China.
Ethical approval was obtained from the Ethical Review Board of the University of Hong Kong/Hospital Authority Hong Kong West Cluster.
Most existing studies focused on either language barriers or food beliefs and did not recognise or acknowledge other cultural and structural factors.
This study was designed to address the gaps in the existing literature by conducting an in-depth qualitative exploration of the possible reasons why first-generation Chinese immigrants with diabetes had difficulty obtaining, processing and understanding health information and communicating with others about their needs and preferences.
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The inability to obtain and understand health information is not solely related to language barriers.