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AIM This paper reports a study exploring how traditional Chinese life philosophy, including fatalism, influences understanding of the concepts of health and illness, and the impact of these concepts on cancer screening behaviour. BACKGROUND The language of risk is central to contemporary Western understanding of health and illness. Women aged over 50(More)
Ethnicity and culture play significant roles in determining how an individual is likely to understand and explain cancer, which, in turn, is posited to have an impact on cancer screening behavior. Chinese women in Western countries are consistently reported to have low participation rates in mammographic screening. This may be related to the fact that women(More)
Preventive medicine is an important element of the Australian health care system. An essential aspect of the biomedical model of health care is screening for the early detection of disease in otherwise asymptomatic people. There is ample evidence that acceptance levels of western medicine vary and that a variety of health epistemologies and health practices(More)
AIM This paper is a report of the development and psychometric testing of the Chinese Breast Cancer Screening Beliefs Questionnaire, a culturally sensitive questionnaire for measuring Chinese-Australian women's beliefs, knowledge and attitudes towards breast cancer and breast screening practices. BACKGROUND Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer(More)
Despite an emphasis on mammographic screening in Australia, Chinese Australian women have low participation rates. This qualitative study investigated how concepts of health and health promotion influence Chinese Australian women's decisions to participate in cancer screening, which is an important issue for nurses who work with multicultural populations.(More)
BreastScreen (a free breast cancer screening service) has been implemented in Australia since 1991. Surveys conducted overseas consistently report that women of Chinese ancestry have low participation rates in breast cancer screening. Although Chinese women's use of breast cancer screening services has been investigated abroad, to date there are few studies(More)
Understanding the different facilitators and barriers to screening within cultural and ethnic groups is important for developing appropriate education and outreach programs to underserved groups. Qualitative methods were employed to gain a rich understanding of participant views. In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 Chinese Australian women in their(More)
OBJECTIVE Exploring how cultural meanings of the breast impact on perceived images of breast cancer and breast health practices. METHODS In-depth interviews were conducted with 20 Chinese-Australian women in their native language (Cantonese). RESULTS The findings revealed that the meanings of the breast are constructed within the women's social and(More)
Cancer support groups are an important vehicle for providing informational and psychosocial support to cancer survivors. Studies suggest that people from minority cultures are underrepresented in cancer support groups. The aims of this study were to report the development and evaluation of a culturally sensitive support group programme for(More)
OBJECTIVES Although Chinese-Australian women are at higher risk of developing breast cancer after migration to Australia, information on their experience is limited. This paper explores Chinese-Australian women's perceptions of the meaning and experience of a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and coping mechanism. METHODS Three focus groups were(More)