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Former military officers from the Republic of Vietnam now living in the united states (US): exploring their perceptions of the US healthcare system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21461762     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Few studies have focused on perceptions of healthcare among Vietnamese who came to the United States (US) as refugees. A 48-item survey that included information on demographics, health status, and satisfaction with healthcare [including the Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire-18 (PSQ-18)] was sent to 49 former Vietnamese military officers, who are now living in the US, based on their current geographic residence. A total of 22 of 49 delivered questionnaires were completed and returned, yielding a response rate of 45%. The survey was sent in Vietnamese and English, and all except one was completed in Vietnamese. In response to "Language barriers have prevented me from accessing health care when I need it," 77% of respondents acknowledged that this was "sometimes" the case even today. Most respondents otherwise viewed the healthcare system favorably, but cost concerns were an issue: 28% strongly agreed or agreed with the statement, "I have to pay for more of my medical care than I can afford." In contrast, only 9% described that they would have strongly agreed or agreed to this statement upon first arriving to the US. Write-in comments revealed themes that centered on language barriers, favorable impressions of healthcare in the US, financial concerns, and patriotism towards the US. Further study of this aging population of Vietnamese Americans might help shed light on concerns faced by other refugee populations who have arrived more recently.
Elisabeth K Stephens; Phuong L Nguyen; Carmen Radecki Breitkopf; Aminah Jatoi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of community health     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1573-3610     ISO Abbreviation:  J Community Health     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-28     Completed Date:  2012-02-22     Revised Date:  2014-06-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600747     Medline TA:  J Community Health     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  992-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health / ethnology*
Communication Barriers
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Expenditures
Health Services Accessibility / economics,  trends
Health Status
Health Surveys
Patient Satisfaction / ethnology*,  statistics & numerical data
Quality of Health Care / economics,  standards*
Refugees / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
United States / epidemiology
Veterans / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Vietnam / ethnology
Grant Support
5K24CA131099/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K24 CA131099/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K24 CA131099-03/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K24 CA131099-04/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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