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Barriers to Health Care Access in 13 Asian American Communities

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Objective: To obtain and discuss in-depth information on health care use in Asian Americans (AAs).

Methods: Nineteen focus groups were conducted in 174 adults from 13 AA communities in Montgomery County, Maryland. MAX QDA software was used to analyze qualitative data.

Results: Financial, physical, communication, and cultural attitudes were 4 major barriers to accessing health care. Underrepresented communities reported unique additional barriers, such as lack of screening opportunities and interpretation services due to lack of resources in the communities.

Conclusions: Future studies, public health policy, and funding resources should consider including underrepresented AA subgroups and reflect their needs.
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Keywords: Asian Americans; access; health care; qualitative study; underrepresented

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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