Another nightmare after SARS: Knowledge perceptions of and overcoming strategies for h1n1 influenza among chronic renal disease patients in Hong Kong

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Abstract

In this article I demonstrate the knowledge perceptions of and the preventive health behaviors toward the influenza A H1N1 pandemic, or human swine flu, among the chronic renal disease patients in Hong Kong. Based on ethnographic data from participant observation in a chronic renal disease patient self-help alliance and semistructured interviews with its 30 members, I demonstrate that the participants knowledge perceptions of and the adoption of the preventive health behaviors against H1N1 were greatly influenced by their past experiences of being stigmatized in the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak. In addition, the past experiences in the SARS outbreak not only led the participants to remember their stigmatization experiences in this H1N1 pandemic, but also aroused the memory of the general Hong Kong population that chronic renal disease patients were dangerous and polluted, which could further contribute to their stigmatization in this H1N1 pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-904
Number of pages12
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chronic illness
  • Community and public health
  • Health behavior
  • Illness and disease
  • Infectious
  • Responses
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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