Health-seeking behaviors of Southeast Asian immigrants and barriers to health care: Implications for the home health nurse

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Grounded in first-hand experience, research, and published literature, this article provides an emic view of the health-seeking behaviors and barriers to health care of Southeast Asian immigrants. Implications for the home health nurse are also examined. Such an understanding is the foundation for building the cultural and linguistic competencies for taking care of Southeast Asian clients. In addition, in light of the changing demographics of the U.S. population reflected in Census 2000 and the recently released national standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services, the article also discusses the challenges and implications of implementing the national standards to reduce and eventually eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care.


Asian Americans; Barrier to health care; Communication in nursing; Community health services; Cultural competence; Cultural competency; Health-seeking behavior; Home health nursing; Intercultural communication; Medically underserved areas; Southeast Asians; Transcultural nursing; Visiting nurses


Other Nursing | Public Health and Community Nursing

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