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ERIC Number: ED228339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
Asian American Field Survey: Re-Analysis of Health Data.
Ito, Karen L.; So, Alvin
Data from the Asian American Field Survey of 1973 were examined to determine health problems, methods of seeking and paying for health services, health insurance coverage, and frequency of medical examinations among Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Samoan families in the United States. The analysis indicated that the Chinese reported the greatest percentage of health problems in families. Among those who reported having health problems, it was found that: (1) problems frequently cited were minor infectious diseases (such as colds and influenza), heart and circulatory problems, and, as reported by Koreans, pregnancy and childbirth; (2) there was a high rate of utilization of health services; (3) barriers to seeking medical care included lack of information, cost of services, language problems, and transportation difficulties; (4) about half of the sample sought medical aid from health facilities while half consulted individual medical practitioners more often; (5) most families were covered by health insurance; and (6) major sources of information about medical care were friends, relatives, and doctors. Among those who reported health problems, slightly more had regular medical examinations than among those who reported no health problems. Sex differences and ethnic group differences on health problems and health services usage were also investigated. The report includes 25 statistical tables. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Asian American Field Survey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (Las Cruces, NM, April 23, 1981).