Healthcare Navigation Self-Sufficiency in Older Korean Immigrants

Yuri Jang, Nan Sook Park, David A. Chiriboga, Min Kyoung Rhee, Hyunwoo Yoon, Miyong T. Kim

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Using data from surveys with Korean Americans aged 60 years or above (n = 2,150), the level of healthcare navigation self-sufficiency was assessed, and its related factors were explored. The overall status of self-sufficiency was low; for example, over half of the sample needed assistance with reading and filling out medical documents, and nearly half needed someone to interpret during medical visits. Diminished self-sufficiency in healthcare navigation was associated with disadvantaged social status (e.g., advanced age, female gender, and low education), early stages of immigration (short length of stay in the U.S. and low English proficiency), and lack of personal health resources (e.g., poor health condition and lack of health insurance). The findings shed light on older immigrants’ challenges in the use of health services in a broad sense and help identify areas of patient burden and avenues for interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-462
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2020

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  • healthcare disparities
  • healthcare navigation
  • older immigrants


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