Ethnic experience of cancer: A qualitative study of chinese-australians in Brisbane, Queensland

Chi Wai Lui, David Ip, Wing Hong Chui

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Abstract

This article reports on the findings of a recent study of cancer experiences of members in the Chinese community in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland. Results of the study have shown that the belief in fate and luck, as well as stoicism about cancer, is very common among cancer patients and their family members. Their general strategy for coping with cancer is often passive. Families play the most important role in determining the strategy for helping the cancer patients in coping with the illness. Most prefer to keep the illness secret and private within the family. Implications of the findings from this study will be discussed for the development of culturally appropriate programs for cancer prevention and treatment for the Chinese community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-37
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes to cancer
  • Chinese-Australians
  • Service delivery
  • Social stigma
  • Support systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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