The information needs of ethnic minorities often differ from that of the dominant culture, leading to dissatisfaction among both patients and health professionals.
This research project aims to identify attitudes towards cancer and associated information and communication needs of Chinese patients and their relatives in Sydney, thereby providing a framework for the provision of culturally appropriate cancer care for Chinese-Australians.
A qualitative data collection strategy was selected as the most appropriate method, because no validated measures are available and no previous research has examined attitudes and needs of Chinese-Australian cancer patients.
Patients were recruited from three major teaching hospitals in Sydney and from a Chinese cancer support organisation.
Sampling was discontinued when informational redundancy was achieved.
Four focus groups and 26 individual telephone interviews were conducted with a total of 36 cancer patients and 12 relatives born in China, Singapore and Malaysia.
While individual differences were observed, a majority view was expressed on a range of issues.
Non-disclosure of a poor prognosis was favoured, and the role of the family in liaising between health professionals and the patient was emphasised.
Patients preferred a confident and clear diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
Most patients wished to incorporate Chinese culture-specific treatments into their care. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Information, Malade, Milieu familial, Relation soignant famille, Relation soignant soigné, Attitude, Origine ethnique, Australie, Océanie, Homme, Chinois
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Information, Patient, Family environment, Health staff family relation, Health staff patient relation, Attitude, Ethnic origin, Australia, Oceania, Human, Chinese
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0270945
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 16/11/1999.