Health-seeking beliefs of cardiovascular patients: A qualitative study

Davidson, Patricia M., Daly, John, Leung, Dominic, Ang, Esther, Paull, Glenn, DiGiacomo, Michelle, Hancock, Karen, Cao, Yingjuan, Du, HuiYun and Thompson, David R. (2011) Health-seeking beliefs of cardiovascular patients: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 48 1: 1367-1375. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.02.021

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Author Davidson, Patricia M.
Daly, John
Leung, Dominic
Ang, Esther
Paull, Glenn
DiGiacomo, Michelle
Hancock, Karen
Cao, Yingjuan
Du, HuiYun
Thompson, David R.
Title Health-seeking beliefs of cardiovascular patients: A qualitative study
Journal name International Journal of Nursing Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7489
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.02.021
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 1367
End page 1375
Total pages 9
Place of publication Bromley, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The study aims were to (a) describe the experiences of Chinese Australians with heart disease following discharge from hospital for an acute cardiac event; (b) identify patterns and cultural differences of Chinese Australians following discharge from hospital; and (c) illustrate the illness/health seeking behaviors and health beliefs of Chinese Australians.

Qualitative study. Methods: Interview data were obtained from the following sources: (a) focus groups of Chinese community participants without heart disease; (b) interviews with patients recently discharged from hospital following an admission for an acute cardiac event; and (c) interviews with Chinese-born health professionals working in Australia. Qualitative thematic analysis was undertaken.

Study themes generated from the data were: (1) linking traditional values and beliefs with Western medicine; (2) reverence for health professionals and family; and (3) juxtaposing traditional beliefs and self-management.


Considering the influence of cultural values in developing health care plans and clinical decision making is important.
Keyword Chinese Australians
Health-seeking behaviors
Cardiovascular disease
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 14 April 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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