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Complementary Medicine & Spirituality

Health-Seeking Behaviors of Indian Immigrants in the United States

Joseph, Rachel; Fernandes, Samantha; Derstine, Sarah; McSpadden, Micaela

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000546
Feature: practice/missions
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ABSTRACT: Over 3 million India-born immigrants live in the United States, yet their health-seeking behaviors are little understood. Information on health and access to care was collected from 20 adult Indian immigrants living in the United States. Participants preferred complementary and alternative medicine home remedies to address their health needs, although they accessed health services more quickly for their children. They also reported barriers in using insurance and accessing healthcare.

Rachel Joseph, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. An immigrant herself from India, she served in the Middle-Eastern country, Sultanate of Oman.

Sarah H. Derstine, BSN, RN, is a staff nurse in the postoperative unit at Paoli Hospital, Paoli, PA. She completed her BSN from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she was part of this research project.

Micaela McSpadden, BSN, RN, is an operating room nurse at Campus Eye Group Surgical Center. She completed her BSN from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she was part of this research team.

Samantha A. Fernandes, MA, completed her MA (Psychology) from West Chester University of PA, where she was part of this research project. An immigrant from India, currently she cares for her newborn baby.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 2/12/2018.

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