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Article: Views of Hong Kong Chinese primary care attenders on psychological distress: causes, management and recovery

TitleViews of Hong Kong Chinese primary care attenders on psychological distress: causes, management and recovery
Authors
KeywordsAttitudes
Chinese
Help seeking
Management
Primary care
Psychological distress
Issue Date2019
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://fampra.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Family Practice, 2019, v. 36 n. 1, p. 84-90 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Most of the previous studies of help seeking for psychological distress were conducted in Western countries. Chinese studies have had a stronger emphasis on psychosis. Objective: This study aims to understand how Hong Kong Chinese primary care attenders see psychological distress, including its causes, management approaches and recovery, and whether their views are different from Western views. Method: Nine focus groups and six individual interviews were conducted in Hong Kong among Chinese primary care attenders with/without known distress, patients’ significant others and the general public, and a questionnaire survey was conducted with 1626 primary care attenders recruited from 13 private clinics and 6 public clinics. Results: More survey respondents agreed with psychological counselling (95.3%) than drugs (69.0%) to relieve psychological distress. Despite the belief in self-resilience (77.7%), only 34.8% respondents agreed that psychological distress could get better without professional help. Respondents with younger ages, better education and higher incomes tended to have stronger trust in counselling and self-resilience than drugs. Qualitative interviews revealed that although participants regarded psychological distress as a common problem in modern societies, distressed patients might be seen as being weak and troublesome. Some distressed patients found their recovery process painful because of discouragement from family and personnel at their workplace. Conclusions: Hong Kong Chinese patients’ views of the causes and management approaches of psychological distress are similar to Western findings. However, help seeking and recovery are of greater concern in a Chinese context where patients may receive limited empathy for their conditions of psychological distress.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/266367
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 1.675
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.048

 

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dc.contributor.authorSun, KST-
dc.contributor.authorLam, TP-
dc.contributor.authorLam, KF-
dc.contributor.authorLo, TL-
dc.contributor.authorChao, DVK-
dc.contributor.authorLam, WW-
dc.contributor.authorChan, HY-
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-18T08:18:09Z-
dc.date.available2019-01-18T08:18:09Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationFamily Practice, 2019, v. 36 n. 1, p. 84-90-
dc.identifier.issn0263-2136-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/266367-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Most of the previous studies of help seeking for psychological distress were conducted in Western countries. Chinese studies have had a stronger emphasis on psychosis. Objective: This study aims to understand how Hong Kong Chinese primary care attenders see psychological distress, including its causes, management approaches and recovery, and whether their views are different from Western views. Method: Nine focus groups and six individual interviews were conducted in Hong Kong among Chinese primary care attenders with/without known distress, patients’ significant others and the general public, and a questionnaire survey was conducted with 1626 primary care attenders recruited from 13 private clinics and 6 public clinics. Results: More survey respondents agreed with psychological counselling (95.3%) than drugs (69.0%) to relieve psychological distress. Despite the belief in self-resilience (77.7%), only 34.8% respondents agreed that psychological distress could get better without professional help. Respondents with younger ages, better education and higher incomes tended to have stronger trust in counselling and self-resilience than drugs. Qualitative interviews revealed that although participants regarded psychological distress as a common problem in modern societies, distressed patients might be seen as being weak and troublesome. Some distressed patients found their recovery process painful because of discouragement from family and personnel at their workplace. Conclusions: Hong Kong Chinese patients’ views of the causes and management approaches of psychological distress are similar to Western findings. However, help seeking and recovery are of greater concern in a Chinese context where patients may receive limited empathy for their conditions of psychological distress.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://fampra.oxfordjournals.org/-
dc.relation.ispartofFamily Practice-
dc.rightsThis is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Family Practice following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fampra/cmy102-
dc.subjectAttitudes-
dc.subjectChinese-
dc.subjectHelp seeking-
dc.subjectManagement-
dc.subjectPrimary care-
dc.subjectPsychological distress-
dc.titleViews of Hong Kong Chinese primary care attenders on psychological distress: causes, management and recovery-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailSun, KST: kssun2@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLam, TP: tplam@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLam, KF: hrntlkf@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLo, TL: lotl@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChao, DVK: dchku001@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLam, WW: wwlam@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChan, HY: step0826@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLam, TP=rp00386-
dc.identifier.authorityLam, KF=rp00718-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/fampra/cmy102-
dc.identifier.pmid30351425-
dc.identifier.hkuros296703-
dc.identifier.volume36-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage84-
dc.identifier.epage90-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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