What are the health needs, familial and social problems of Thai migrants in a local community in Australia? A focus group study

Vatcharavongvan, Pasitpon, Hepworth, Julie, Lim, Joanne and Marley, John (2012) What are the health needs, familial and social problems of Thai migrants in a local community in Australia? A focus group study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16 1: 143-149. doi:10.1007/s10903-012-9725-0

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Author Vatcharavongvan, Pasitpon
Hepworth, Julie
Lim, Joanne
Marley, John
Title What are the health needs, familial and social problems of Thai migrants in a local community in Australia? A focus group study
Journal name Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-1912
1557-1920
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10903-012-9725-0
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 143
End page 149
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This study explored the health needs, familial and social problems of Thai migrants in a local community in Brisbane, Australia. Five focus groups with Thai migrants were conducted. The qualitative data were examined using thematic content analysis that is specifically designed for focus group analysis. Four themes were identified: (1) positive experiences in Australia, (2) physical health problems, (3) mental health problems, and (4) familial and social health problems. This study revealed key health needs related to chronic disease and mental health, major barriers to health service use, such as language skills, and facilitating factors, such as the Thai Temple. We concluded that because the health needs, familial and social problems of Thai migrants were complex and culture bound, the development of health and community services for Thai migrants needs to take account of the ways in which Thai culture both negatively impacts health and offer positive solutions to problems.
Keyword Thai migrants
Health needs assessment
Culture Ethnicity
Community health promotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 29 September 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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