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A Call for Healthy South Asian Americans: Need to Shape Intervention by Providers, Policies, and Prospects

  • Marisa J. Perera
  • Edward C. Chang
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Part of the Cross-Cultural Research in Health, Illness and Well-Being book series (CCRHIWB)

Abstract

This chapter proffers concluding comments for the handbook entitled Biopsychosocial Approaches to Understanding Health in South Asian Americans. This brief handbook sought to initiate an interdisciplinary, scholarly discourse on the health status of South Asians in the U.S. The value of both practicing disaggregation and applying a biopsychosocial, holistic approach to the conceptualization and treatment of chronic health conditions for South Asian patients in the U.S. is discussed. In applying varied elements of the biopsychosocial model of health, four general questions pertaining to the health of South Asians in the U.S. are posed and pondered. General recommendations for providers working with the South Asian population in the U.S. are proffered.

Keywords

South Asian American Biopsychosocial Disaggregation Chronic disease Health 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Miami-Coral GablesCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn ArborUSA

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