Health care experiences of Vietnamese families in Nottingham

Health Trends. 1995;27(4):106-10.


There is a dearth of information on the health needs of Vietnamese refugees in Britain. In May 1993, a structured interview survey was undertaken to determine the health care experiences and health-related behaviour of Vietnamese adults living in Nottingham Health District. One hundred and thirty-five adults (66 women) were successfully interviewed in Vietnamese or Cantonese, from 71 to 77 eligible households. Levels of English usage were extremely low, and between 27% and 69% of respondents reported considerable difficulty during the various stages of a consultation with their general practitioner. Data on breast screening services suggested a pattern of low uptake, and the prevalence of male smoking was estimated to be 47%. These results suggest that Vietnamese communities suffer high levels of disadvantage in their use of primary care services; remedial action is required.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Alcohol Drinking / ethnology
  • Communication Barriers
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Refugees / statistics & numerical data*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / ethnology
  • State Medicine / statistics & numerical data*
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Vietnam / ethnology