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Title: Understanding oral health beliefs and practices among Cantonese-speaking older Australians
Contributor(s): Mariño, Rodrigo (author); Minichiello, Victor  (author); MacEntee, Michael I (author)
Publication Date: 2010
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00395.x
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Abstract: Aim: The present study was conducted to explore how older immigrants from Hong Kong or Southern China manage their oral health in Melbourne. Methods: We used six focus groups involving 50 Cantonese-speaking immigrants who were 55 years and over and living in Melbourne. Results: Four major themes relevant to oral health care emerged from the discussion: (i) traditional Chinese health beliefs; (ii) traditional medicine and oral health; (iii) attitudes towards dentists; and (iv) access to oral health-care services. Language, communication and cost of dentistry were identified as major barriers to oral health care. Conclusion: Older Chinese immigrants in Melbourne have concerns about oral health care that are similar to other ethnic groups, they want more oral health-related support from government, and many of they return to China or Hong Kong for dental treatment.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29(1), p. 21-26
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1440-6381
Field of Research (FOR): 110509 Special Needs Dentistry
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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