Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 668–673 | Cite as

Willingness to Use a Nursing Home in Asian Americans

  • Yuri JangEmail author
  • Min-Kyoung Rhee
  • Yong Ju Cho
  • Miyong T. Kim
Brief Communication


This study explores factors associated with willingness to use a nursing home in Asian Americans. Focus is given to demographic variables (age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, and education), health-related variables (chronic medical condition and self-rated health), immigration-related variables (time in the U.S. and acculturation), and family-related variables (family network and family solidarity). Cross-sectional study. Data were drawn from 2551 participants in the 2015 Asian American Quality of Life Survey (aged 18–98). Participants were asked to indicate whether they would be willing to use a nursing home in the future. An affirmative response indicated a personal willingness to use a nursing home. Approximately 38% of the sample demonstrated willingness to use a nursing home. Higher odds for willingness were observed among those with advanced age, female gender, Korean ethnicity (compared with Chinese), better education, presence of a chronic medical condition, longer years of residence in the U.S., and lower levels of family solidarity. Reflecting the current trend of an increase in racial/ethnic minorities in nursing homes, a substantial proportion of the present sample of Asian Americans demonstrated willingness to use a nursing home. Findings on the factors associated with willingness provide implications for policies and services to respond to the long-term care needs of this emerging population.


Willingness to use a nursing home Asian Americans Culture 



This work was supported in part by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (R01AG047106; PI, Yuri Jang, Ph.D.). The support for data collection was provided by the City of Austin’s Asian American Quality of Life initiative (Contract No. 26-8275-39; PI, Yuri Jang, Ph.D.). Editorial support with manuscript development was provided by the Cain Center for Nursing Research and the Center for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Self-management Science (P30, NR015335) at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

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There are no potential conflicts of interest for all authors. No financial disclosures were reported by the authors of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuri Jang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Min-Kyoung Rhee
    • 1
  • Yong Ju Cho
    • 2
  • Miyong T. Kim
    • 3
  1. 1.Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Steve Hicks School of Social WorkThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  3. 3.School of NursingThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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