Understanding of Coronary Heart Disease in South Asian Migrant Men in the UK
This research explored the understanding of coronary heart disease among the South Asian Migrant men in the UK. The objectives of this study are: • To explore migrant South Asian men’s understanding of the risks involved with coronary heart disease in the UK • To relate their understanding in the context of current health care policy • To suggest ways to provide culturally sensitive health promotion programs to these groups A phenomenological perspective using qualitative research methodology and focus group interviews were used to obtain a more precise and in-depth understanding of the risks involved with coronary heart disease. In total 83 men were recruited. 13 focus groups were conducted in three different areas across the country which had a significant South Asian population. Three themes emerged from the analysis of the interviews: Psychosocial factor, conventional risk factors & health care experiences. These themes reflected the men’s understanding of the risks Involved with coronary heart disease In the UK. According to Williams et al, (2007 & 2009), information about psychosocial risk profiles in UK South Asians is limited and that there is an increased possibility that psychosocial related factors contribute to increased vulnerability to coronary heart disease in South Asian in the UK. This study concludes with the importance of recognizing that not all South Asians are the same and that health professionals should look beyond the context of religious, and ethnic background and focus on individual men.
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