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Does Culture affect One's View of Health Informatics? A Study of the Vietnamese Migrants in Australia


Le, Q and Chiu, C, Does Culture affect One's View of Health Informatics? A Study of the Vietnamese Migrants in Australia, Health and Well-Being: A Social and Cultural Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 211-222. ISBN 9781611226485 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Health informatics is playing an increasingly important role in health care. Migrants have been introduced to certain aspects of health informatics directly or indirectly by health authorities, health care services and various migrant communities. However, for some Vietnamese migrants, health informatics is still an unfamiliar subject. This has, therefore, affected their perception about accessing health care services. The objectives of the study are to explore the meaning of health informatics to Vietnamese migrants in Australia, how their culture affects their attitudes towards health informatics and intercultural problems relating to health informatics. The study also investigates the advantages and disadvantages of health informatics in health care services in the eyes of this migrant group. A qualitative study was conducted to find out how health informatics is perceived by Vietnamese migrants. Ten Vietnamese migrants of different gender, age groups, professions and length of stay in Australia participated in this study. The study revealed that the participants’ awareness of health informatics was influenced by factors such as family support, information technology (IT) literacy and the Vietnamese community.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:health informatics, migrants, culture, health care services, community.
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:Chiu, C (Ms Cecilia Chiu)
ID Code:69909
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-05-24
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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