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Older Chinese Australians' Understanding of Falls and Falls Prevention: Exploring Their Needs for Information

Yang, Xiao Jing and Haralambous, Betty and Angus, Jocelyn and Hill, Keith (2008) Older Chinese Australians' Understanding of Falls and Falls Prevention: Exploring Their Needs for Information. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 14 (1). pp. 36-42. ISSN 1448-7527

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Abstract

Falls-related injuries are common and costly in Australia. They have a considerable impact on an older person’s health and quality of life, yet very little is known about falls-related issues in people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. This research aimed to explore the needs of older Chinese Australians in relation to falls prevention and to help the future design of culturally-appropriate falls prevention programs among this ethnic group. Two focus group discussions were conducted in Cantonese with 15 Chinese older people in Melbourne. Findings highlighted that this group of Chinese older people had a need for further education on falls risk factors and prevention strategies, preferably in their first language. Allied health services were viewed as being unfamiliar to participants. Findings indicated that falls prevention programs need to take into account Chinese older people’s special language needs and service delivery preference.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID15341. falls, prevention, Chinese, old people, education, information, older Chinese Australians
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 05:17
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 05:17
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3479
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