alexa The Enabling Role of Social Media for Chinese Immigrant
ISSN: 2167-1168

Journal of Nursing & Care
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Pilot Study

The Enabling Role of Social Media for Chinese Immigrants' Health: A Pilot Study

Erting Sa and Ricky Leung*

University at Albany, SUNY, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Ricky Leung
One University Pl., Rm. 181, School of Public Health
Rensselaer NY, 12144, USA
Tel: 518-402-6512
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 04, 2016; Accepted date: July 21, 2016; Published date: July 29, 2016

Citation: Sa E, Leung R (2016) The Enabling Role of Social Media for Chinese Immigrants' Health: A Pilot Study. J Nurs Care 5:356. doi: 10.4172/2167-1168.1000356

Copyright: © 2016 Sa E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited




Previous research has shown that obtaining health information-including where to locate a doctor and seek appropriate treatment-is a major challenge for Chinese and other Asian immigrants to adapt to the US. Although social media could provide Chinese immigrants with health information and other benefits, the new technology’s value is still uncertain for potential users. This pilot study utilizes a qualitative research design to better understand the ambivalent attitudes of Chinese immigrants towards social media. We found that Chinese immigrants still perceived social media as having a number of shortcomings. Yet, if used properly, social media could be very useful for these immigrants to seek and share health information with their peers. Based on interview results, we identified several opportunities for developing social media tools, and directions for further research.


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