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The role of culture and diversity in the prevention of falls among older Chinese people.

Horton, K and Dickinson, A (2011) The role of culture and diversity in the prevention of falls among older Chinese people. Can J Aging, 30 (1). 57 - 66. ISSN 0714-9808

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This grounded-theory study explored the perceptions of Chinese older people, living in England, on falls and fear of falling, and identified facilitators and barriers to fall prevention interventions. With a sample of 30 Chinese older people, we conducted two focus groups and 10 in-depth interviews in Mandarin or Cantonese. Interview transcripts, back translated, were analyzed using N6. Constant comparative analysis highlighted a range of health-seeking behaviors after a fall: Chinese older people were reluctant to use formal health services; talking about falls was avoided; older people hid falls from their adult children to avoid worrying them; and fatalistic views about falls and poor knowledge about availability and content of interventions were prevalent. Cost of interventions was important. Chinese older adults valued their independence, and cultural intergenerational relations had an impact on taking action to prevent falls. Cultural diversity affects older adults' acceptance of fall prevention interventions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > Health and Social Care
Authors :
Date : 15 March 2011
Identification Number : 10.1017/S0714980810000826
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Additional Information : Copyright 2011 Cambridge University Press. Reprinted with permission.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 09 May 2012 12:52
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:20

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