Types and factor structure of barriers to utilization of health services among aging south Asians in Calgary, Canada

Wing Leung Lai, Shireen Surood

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Elderly people from ethnic minority groups often experience different barriers in accessing health services. Studies have typically focused on combined groups of elderly immigrants or on large ethno-cultural minorities such as the Chinese in Canada, or African-Americans and Hispanics in the U.S. This study aimed to examine the types and factor structure of barriers to using health services experienced by aging South Asian immigrants in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A telephone survey was used to collect data from a random sample of South Asian immigrants aged 55 years and older. Principal component analysis revealed four major types of barriers: cultural incompatibility, personal attitudes, administrative problems in delivery, and circumstantial challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-258
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal on Aging
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • elderly
  • immigrants
  • older adults
  • saccess barriers
  • South Asian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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