Health seeking beliefs of cardiovascular patients: a qualitative study

Patricia Davidson, John Daly, Dominic Leung, Esther Ang, Glenn Paull, Michelle DiGiacomo, Karen Hancock, Yingjuan Cao, Huiyun Du, David Thompson

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    Objectives: The study aims were to (a) describe the experiences of Chinese Australians with heart disease following discharge from hospital for an acute cardiac event; (b) identify patterns and cultural differences of Chinese Australians following discharge from hospital; and (c) illustrate the illness/health seeking behaviors and health beliefs of Chinese Australians. Design: Qualitative study. Methods: Interview data were obtained from the following sources: (a) focus groups of Chinese community participants without heart disease; (b) interviews with patients recently discharged from hospital following an admission for an acute cardiac event; and (c) interviews with Chinese-born health professionals working in Australia. Qualitative thematic analysis was undertaken. Results: Study themes generated from the data were: (1) linking traditional values and beliefs with Western medicine; (2) reverence for health professionals and family; and (3) juxtaposing traditional beliefs and self-management. Conclusions: Considering the influence of cultural values in developing health care plans and clinical decision making is important.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1367-1375
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Chinese Australians
    • Health-seeking behaviors


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