Health culture and the clinical encounter: Vietnamese refugees' responses to preventive drug treatment of inactive tuberculosis.

  • Kaori L. Ito
  • Published 1999 in Medical anthropology quarterly


A majority of Vietnamese refugees entering the United States test positive for inactive tuberculosis (TB). In asymptomatic conditions like inactive TB, it is often difficult to obtain compliance with medical treatment. The clinical encounter has been analyzed as a form of symbolic action between doctor and patient critical to patient trust and compliance… (More)


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