Chinese Americans’ Views and Use of Family Health History: A Qualitative Study
Chen, Lei-Shih; Li, Ming; Talwar, Divya; Xu, Lei; Zhao, Mei
Objective Family health history (FHH) plays a significant role in early disease detection and preven- tion. Although Asian Americans are the fastest growing U.S. immigrant group, no data exists regarding Chinese Americans’ (the largest Asian subgroup) views and use of FHH. This study examines this important issue. Methods Forty-nine adults from southern U.S. Chinese American communities participated in this qualitative, semi-structured, in-depth interview study. Interviews were audio recorded, tran- scribed, and analyzed with a content analysis approach. Results Although the majority of participants perceived the importance of collecting FHH, most lacked FHH knowledge and failed to collect FHH information. Barriers affecting FHH collec- tion and discussion among family members included long-distance separation from family members, self-defined “healthy family,” and Chinese cultural beliefs. Lack of doctors’ inqui- ries, never/rarely visiting physicians, self-defined “healthy family,” perceived insignificance of discussing FHH with doctors, and Chinese cultural beliefs were the obstacles in commu- nicating FHH with physicians. Conclusions Chinese Americans had limited usage of their FHH and faced cultural, distance, knowl- edge-, and healthcare system-related barriers that influenced their FHH use. Developing FHH education programs for Chinese Americans is highly recommended.
Chen, Lei-Shih, & Li, Ming, & Talwar, Divya, & Xu, Lei, & Zhao, Mei. (September 2016). Chinese Americans’ Views and Use of Family Health History: A Qualitative Study. PLOS One, (11:9), p.. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8469
Chen, Lei-Shih, and Li, Ming, and Talwar, Divya, and Xu, Lei, and Zhao, Mei. "Chinese Americans’ Views and Use of Family Health History: A Qualitative Study". PLOS One. 11:9. (.), September 2016. November 23, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8469.
Chen, Lei-Shih and Li, Ming and Talwar, Divya and Xu, Lei and Zhao, Mei, "Chinese Americans’ Views and Use of Family Health History: A Qualitative Study," PLOS One 11, no. 9 (September 2016), http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8469 (accessed November 23, 2020).
Chen, Lei-Shih, Li, Ming, Talwar, Divya, Xu, Lei, Zhao, Mei. Chinese Americans’ Views and Use of Family Health History: A Qualitative Study. PLOS One. September 2016; 11(9) . http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8469. Accessed November 23, 2020.