ERIC Number: ED257802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
International Students and Health: Their Perceptions, Behaviors and Health Care Utilization.
McClaran, Diane M.; Sarris, Robin A.
University of Michigan students from 32 different countries were surveyed regarding their perceptions of health and illness; information seeking and health service utilization behavior; satisfaction with University Health Service; and perception of stress and its effects on health. Results were examined for foreign students in the aggregate as well as by region and gender. The results indicate that the majority of foreign students consider themselves to be healthy, engage in preventive health behaviors and would like to be in better health if possible. Most foreign students say that they have sought treatment on at least one occasion and that they know how to use the Health Service. However, it appears that foreign students utilize the Health Service less efficiently than other students. Areas of concern cited by foreign students include: insurance, information about available health care services, and patient/provider communication. Based on this survey, the report concludes that foreign students may benefit from more education with regard to: appropriate use of health care facilities, scheduling appointments, and strategies for coping with stress. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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