Treating Asian Americans in Los Angeles
Past studies showed that the referral source for Asian outpatients was much more often referrals by police and others and post-hospitalization, 87%. Only 13% were self-referred. Other Americans were more often self-referred or family referred, 52%, and were referred by others in only 48% of the cases (Lam et al 1980). It has been shown that most of the patients seen do not speak English adequately (Lo et al 1981). This is not surprising since the Clinic was set up to be multilingual, multicultural to meet the needs of the patients who do not speak English. Of special interest is prior hospitalization, as many as 1/3 of our patients have been hospitalized previously.
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