The SARS-associated stigma of SARS victims in the post-SARS era of Hong Kong

Yuen-man Siu, Judy (2008) The SARS-associated stigma of SARS victims in the post-SARS era of Hong Kong. Qualitative Health Research, 18 6: 729-738. doi:10.1177/1049732308318372

Author Yuen-man Siu, Judy
Title The SARS-associated stigma of SARS victims in the post-SARS era of Hong Kong
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2008-06-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732308318372
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 18
Issue 6
Start page 729
End page 738
Total pages 10
Editor Janice M. Morse
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject C1
920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Abstract This article explores the disease-associated stigma attached to the SARS victims in the post-SARS era of Hong Kong. I argue that the SARS-associated stigma did not decrease over time. Based on the ethnographic data obtained from 16 months of participant observation in a SARS victims' self-help group and semistructured interviews, I argue that the SARS-associated stigma was maintained, revived, and reconstructed by the biomedical encounters, government institutions, and public perception. I also provide new insight on how the SARS-associated stigma could create problems for public health development in Hong Kong. As communicable diseases will be a continuing threat for the human society, understanding how the disease-associated stigma affects the outcomes of epidemic control measures will be crucial in developing a more responsive public health policy as well as medical follow-up and social support service to the diseased social groups of future epidemic outbreaks.
Keyword anthropology
community and public health
Hong Kong
participant observation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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