Comparison of Dental Care Utilization among Chinese- and Russian-Speaking Immigrant Elders

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Bei Wu, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Objective: The purpose of the study was to identify factors predictive of use of dental services among Chinese - and Russian- speaking immigrant elders. Methods: The data for this analysis were collected from the 1997 survey 'Assessing public health and health care needs of Russian-speaking elderly immigrants." A similar survey was replicated among Chinese-speaking elderly immigrants in 2000. Community-based samples of 300 Russian elders and 177 Chinese elders were recruited for the study Results: Chinese elders used dental care services at lower rates than Russian elders. Education, length of stay in the US, social support, and smoking behavior were significant predictors for the use of dental services among Chinese. However, among Russian elders, age, income, and denture use predicted utilization of dental services. Conclusions: Although Chinese- and Russian-speaking elders have similar immigrant experiences and share the same geographic location and urban setting, the two groups have different patterns of dental service use. These differences may be due to differences in socio-demo-graphic characteristics, values, attitudes and knowledge of oral health and dental care, and unique cultural backgrounds.

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The Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 65(2), 97-103
Language: English
Date: 2005
Chinese-speaking immigrant elders, Russian-speaking immigrant elders, Dental care services, Oral health

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