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The Role of Culture and Diversity in the Prevention of Falls among Older Chinese People

Horton, Khim and Dickinson, Angela (2011) The Role of Culture and Diversity in the Prevention of Falls among Older Chinese People Canadian Journal on Aging. pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

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
Additional Information: This is the author's version of the article. Please visit the publisher's website for the published version. Copyright © Canadian Association on Gerontology 2011
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > Health and Social Care
Depositing User: Christina Daoutis
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011 10:22
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/2821

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