Sources of health information among Chinese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest

Erica D. Woodall, Victoria M. Taylor, Chong Teh, Lin Li, Elizabeth Acorda, Shin-Ping Tu, Yutaka Yasui, T. Gregory Hislop

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Background. Chinese immigrants to North America experience cancer-related health disparities and underutilize preventive care. Little is known about Chinese immigrants' sources of health information. Methods. A population-based survey of Chinese immigrants was conducted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Seattle, Washington. Results. The study group included 899 individuals. Less than three fourths of the respondents reported receiving health information from health care providers, and only a minority used the Internet as a source of health information. We found significant differences between the sources of health information in Seattle and Vancouver. Conclusions. Health educators should consider available media outlets as well as the characteristics of a target community when planning intervention programs for Chinese immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-340
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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