Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Social Work

Title

The sensitivity of United Kingdom health-care services to the diverse needs of Chinese-origin older people

Language

English

Abstract

This paper is a contribution to the debate on how to make health-care services in the United Kingdom more responsive to the needs of older people who are members of recent immigrant groups. The focus is on the Chinese-origin elders, and the objective is to demonstrate their diverse migrant histories, cultural backgrounds and attitudes to both traditional and Western health-care practices. The underlying argument is that if National Health Service staff had a better understanding of the diversity of Chinese older people, this would make an important contribution to making the service more sensitive to their needs. To develop this argument, this paper carries out three main analytical tasks. The first is to discuss the range of strategies adopted by Chinese people in general and Chinese older people in particular to improve their health. The second is to study Chinese people's heritage of exploring different methods to organise health in response to foreign culture. The third considers the ways in which the sensitivity of British health-care services to the needs of ethnic-minority groups can be improved, with a focus on the culturagram instrument and procedure. Three contrasting examples are presented. © 2009 Cambridge University Press.

Keywords

Chinese-origin older people, Cultural diversity, Inclusion, Sensitivity of health-care services

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

Ageing and Society

Volume

30

Issue

3

Start Page

383

End Page

401

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

DOI

10.1017/S0144686X09990468

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X09990468

ISSN (print)

0144686X

ISSN (electronic)

14691779

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