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Hot tea and juk: the institutional meaning of food for Chinese elders in an American nursing home.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19024429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This qualitative study describes how Chinese elders in an American nursing home perceived their food and mealtime experiences. Data collection included 20 meal observations and interviews with 7 residents, 9 family members, and 17 staff members. Field notes and interviews were coded and analyzed using an iterative approach similar to grounded theory. All participant groups described institutional food and meals as individualized, nutritious therapy for medical illnesses. Mealtimes lacked sociability and sharing, and although family members provided Chinese food, they did not eat with residents. Residents generally did not consider the institution's effort to provide an "Asian diet" of hot tea and juk (rice porridge) to be Chinese food. These findings suggest that, for these Chinese elders, the biomedicalized, individualized food service and mealtime caregiving practices stripped food of its meaning as a social, shared mealtime experience with family. Nursing professionals and researchers should understand that provision of culturally competent mealtime care for ethnic (Chinese) long-term care residents involves important food service practices in addition to kinds of food.
Authors:
Shirley Wu; Judith C Barker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gerontological nursing     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0098-9134     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol Nurs     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-21     Completed Date:  2009-01-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7510258     Medline TA:  J Gerontol Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  46-54     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. shirl.wu@gmail.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Aged / psychology*
Aged, 80 and over
Asian Americans / ethnology*
Attitude to Health / ethnology*
California
China / ethnology
Cultural Competency
Female
Food Habits / ethnology*
Food Preferences / ethnology
Food Services / organization & administration*
Health Services Needs and Demand
Humans
Male
Nursing Homes / organization & administration*
Nursing Methodology Research
Oryza sativa
Qualitative Research
Questionnaires
Social Values
Symbolism
Tea
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Tea
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J Gerontol Nurs. 2008 Nov;34(11):55-6   [PMID:  19024430 ]

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