Belief and experiences in relation to cancer of the Chinese living in Soho, London.

Lees, Shelley and Papadopoulos, Irena and Ridge, M. (2003) Belief and experiences in relation to cancer of the Chinese living in Soho, London. In: BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2003, 26 – 28 September 2003, University of York.

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There is very little known about the cancer information needs of the Chinese community who live and work in Soho, London. This is particularly the case with asylum seekers and refugees who often lack social networks and support and have poor access to health services. The Chinese are an established and significant ethnic group in England making up approximately 220,000 (0.45%) of the population in 2001. There are a large number of Chinese people resident within Westminster (7,740) and Soho and West End has the largest concentration of Chinese people within Westminster. There is no information about the cancer needs and problems accessing cancer information and services of this Chinese population. In the light of this the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health, Middlesex University in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Relief have conducted a study to explore Chinese cultural-based beliefs about cancer and Chinese experiences of cancer in order to develop culturally sensitive cancer information, particularly for the diverse and heterogeneous Chinese community who live and work in Soho. Focus groups were conducted with Chinese health experts, young Chinese, older Chinese, asylum seekers and 'below stairs' workers living or working in Soho in order to elicit their meanings and experiences of cancer with the context of their every day lives. The presentation will discuss the findings from this study and issues around accessing hard to reach communities for research.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas:A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
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