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Type: Journal article
Title: What are the health needs, familial and social problems of Thai migrants in a local community in Australia? A focus group study
Author: Vatcharavongvan, P.
Hepworth, J.
Lim, J.
Marley, J.
Citation: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 2012; online(1):1-8
Publisher: Springer New York
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1557-1912
1557-1920
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Pasitpon Vatcharavongvan, Julie Hepworth, Joanne Lim, John Marley
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.
Keywords: Thai migrants; Health needs assessment; Culture; Ethnicity; Community health promotion
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
RMID: 0020125429
DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9725-0
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