A qualitative content analysis of cardiovascular diseases related health information targeted at the hui minority on chinese wechat official accounts

Lei Yang*, Yuping Mao, Jeroen Jansz

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Abstract

In this study, we focus on the information available in WeChat official accounts about cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which are a leading cause of death in China. We are particularly interested in information targeting the Chinese Hui minority people, who have a high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs). Our exploratory research therefore investigates whether and how the articles on WeChat official accounts are targeted at the Hui people. We used a qualitative approach to analyze 108 articles. Two related themes emerged: descriptions of how to live a healthy life; and explanations of CVDs and CVRFs. Traditional Chinese medicine likewise surfaced from the analysis as a specific and unique theme in the Chinese social and cultural context. Despite the high prevalence of CVRFs among the Hui, none of the articles included information tailored to them.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1359
Number of pages14
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2021

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the China Scholarship Council under grant No. 201506800011.

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