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Chinh Duy Le, MD Associate Clinical Professor UCI Program in Geriatrics. Cultural Aspect of Health Care For Vietnamese American In Nursing Home. Vietnamese American: Demographic Data. US census 2010 : >1.5 millions Vietnamese Americans in the US >580,000 Vietnamese Americans in California

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chinh duy le md associate clinical professor uci program in geriatrics
ChinhDuy Le, MD

Associate Clinical Professor

UCI Program in Geriatrics

Cultural Aspect of Health CareFor Vietnamese AmericanIn Nursing Home

vietnamese american demographic data
Vietnamese American: Demographic Data
  • US census 2010:
      • >1.5 millions Vietnamese Americans in the US
      • >580,000 Vietnamese Americans in California

Orange county California: >16,000 Vietnamese American seniors 65 or older (OCHNA 2010)

Cultural barriers due to language, finance, education

OCHNA (2010). A look at health in Orange County’s Vietnamese community. Retrieved from http://www.ochna.org/publications/documents/VietnameseHealthReport.pubRevised.pdf.

vietnamese american in nursing home cultural barriers
Vietnamese American in nursing home:Cultural Barriers
  • 1. Perception: Different perceptions about nursing home depending on levels of acculturation and health literacy

2. Financial factor: Nearly half of the elderly Vietnamese living in OC lives in poverty.

OCHNA (2010). A look at health in Orange County’s Vietnamese community. Retrieved from http://www.ochna.org/publications/documents/VietnameseHealthReport.pubRevised.pdf.

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Vietnamese American in nursing home:Cultural Barriers
  • 3. Limited knowledge of general health information and health care system.

4. Language: Majority of Vietnamese American seniors are not proficient in English.

OCHNA (2010). A look at health in Orange County’s Vietnamese community. Retrieved from http://www.ochna.org/publications/documents/VietnameseHealthReport.pubRevised.pdf.

vietnamese american seniors in nursing home cultural barriers
Vietnamese American Seniors in nursing home: Cultural Barriers
  • 4. Advanced directive and end of life care.
  • 5. Traditional relationship among children in health care for parents: Oldest son is usually considered as the ultimate decision maker for their parents.
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Vietnamese American Seniors in nursing home:Cultural Barriers

6. Complementary and alternative medicine in nursing home: not uncommon in Vietnamese American seniors in nursing home.

7. Family support: Strong family support in majority of Vietnamese American seniors in nursing home.

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Vietnamese American Seniors in nursing home:Cultural Barriers

8. Traditional activities: all Vietnamese American seniors prefer to keep their Vietnamese traditional activities.

9. Religious and spiritual issues: sometimes, Vietnamese American seniors and family have some special needs due to their religions and spiritual beliefs.

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Vietnamese American Seniors in nursing home:Cultural Barriers

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