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Caring for Chinese-American Home Care Patients

He, Qilian MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000525

Chinese-Americans are the largest group of Asian Americans. Home care providers in the United States will encounter patients with various levels of traditional Chinese lifestyles, cultural expressions, and health practices. A description of how to prepare for and conduct a home care visit with a patient from China is described. This article integrates recent research about Chinese-American elders and basics of Chinese culture to assist healthcare clinicians in providing supportive, culturally sensitive home care for Chinese patients and developing rapport and trust with them.

Qilian He, MSN, RN, is an Associate Professor, Medical College, Qinghai University, Xining, Qinghai, China.

The author offers a special thank you to Dr. Marilyn Smith-Stoner for her assistance with this manuscript. Great thanks to Chinese Medical Board and Chinese Scholarship Council for scholarship support for the visits to United States. The Nursing Department of California State University, San Bernardino and the home university are also appreciated for supporting the visits.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Qilian He, MSN, RN, 447 Sherie Ct, Beaumont, CA 92223 (

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