The Influence of Acculturation and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Chinese Elderly Cancer Survivors

  • Yasi XiaoEmail author
  • Tanya R. Fitzpatrick


Some subgroups of cancer survivors are more likely to have decreased health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for a prolonged period of time when compared to the average cancer survivor. Research has shown that acculturation can negatively impact the HRQOL of cancer survivors. Research have also shown that Chinese elderly immigrants are generally less acculturated when compared to Chinese immigrants of other age groups. The purpose of this examined the relationship between acculturation and HRQOL among Chinese elderly cancer survivors. Based on the phenomenological approach, a qualitative study consisting of four participants was conducted. Subjects were interviewed using a set of predetermined questions regarding demographics, language ability, social supports, experience with the healthcare system, and general well-being. The results revealed that Chinese elderly who were poorly acculturated had lower social support, experienced more barriers to access healthcare, and experienced more emotional distress. As a result, HRQOL was lower for the less acculturated Chinese elderly cancer survivors compared to those who were better acculturated.


Acculturation Quality of life Chinese elderly Healthcare 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkArizona State UniversityWestmountCanada

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