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Engaging Service Users and Carers in Health and Social Care Education: Challenges and Opportunities in the Chinese Community

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Service users' and carers' involvement in health and social care education has become a mainstream activity in Britain. However, members from black and minority ethnic communities (BME) remain under-represented in this area of participation. In this article, we will take the readers across the globe to explore the difficulties and opportunities of engaging such an under-represented group, the Chinese community. The journey will begin in Britain where barriers to engagement of service users and carers from the Chinese community will be discussed. We will then travel to Hong Kong, a cosmopolitan city, where successful engagement in work with Chinese service users and carers will be explored. Throughout the journey, we will highlight the importance of the consideration of cultural factors, particularly Confucian beliefs such as social harmony and collectivism, when working with Chinese people. We will also fully explore the issue of ‘trust’ as a culturally laden concept in Chinese societies and its significance for successful engagement in work with Chinese service users and carers in different parts of the world.
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Keywords: Chinese; Service Users' and Carers' Participation; Social Work and Health Care Education

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Liverpool John Moores University, UK 2: The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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