Journal of Community Health

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 411–425

Investigating the Use of Services for Vietnamese with Mental Illness

  • Tuong Phan

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005184002101

Cite this article as:
Phan, T. Journal of Community Health (2000) 25: 411. doi:10.1023/A:1005184002101


An ethnographic-based interview was conducted with 324 Vietnamese-speaking adult caregivers living in the New South Wales state of Australia, focusing on types of services used for identifying and/or intervening for binh tam than (mental ill-health), difficulties encountered, and recommendations for enhancing services. Almost one in two interviewees (n = 158) had used such services during the previous twelve months, including those provided by local Vietnamese-speaking doctors (100%), Asian naturalists, spiritual healers, witchcraft doctors, herbalists, and folk healers (>50%), as well as mainstream psychiatric hospital facilities (50%) and community services (>30%). Descriptive data on the difficulties and recommendations were related to four major domains: accessibility, acceptability, accommodation, and affordability, explaining patterns of caregivers' help-seeking behaviors and their choices of services.

service utilization mental health Vietnamese traditional healers culture-specific health seeking 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tuong Phan
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Health SciencesFlinders UniversityAdelaide

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