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"Voices from the Boston Chinese-American Community
on Wellness, Illness, Cancer and Health Care"
The final report was submitted to Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center on April 15, 2011
The team (fr.L.: Barbara Bond, EdD; Jing Tan, PhD; Stephen Lau, MD; Andrea Talis, PhD; Betty Yau, MBA)

"Three years ago, we undertook a study to examine cancer attitudes and experience in the Boston Chinese American Community. The project was undertaken based on the interest of present and past employees of Tufts MC. ... Every ethnic community has special features that make it unique. For many, the health issues raised by the dichotomy between Western Medicine and Eastern Traditional Medicine have become compelling in the setting of delivering health care in the West to individuals immigrating from the Eastern cultures. ... The end-behavioral response of Chinese Americans may be the same (eg. avoidance of screening procedures or of doctors in general) as individuals from other cultures but the underlying attitudes that cause the behavior are unique and must be understood to be targeted appropriately for the successful delivery of health care in Chinese-American Communities."

Please click HERE for a copy of the report.

Project Timeline:

Focus Group

Questionnaire Survey  &  Data Management

May 13, 2011

Report Presentation:

to the administrative team of the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center

April 15, 2011

Final report submitted to Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center

Nov 2010 to  Mar 2011

Updating, revising draft report

Nov 2010

Second report draft finished

Oct 2010
End of Aug, 2010

First report draft finished (bb, d - J to J)
Talis left TuftsMC

6/8, 6/18, 7/26 – 2010

Team regroup – meetings (drafting report to the Cancer Center of Tufts MC)

April 2010

Report to the Hospital – outline drafted

Jan 2010 to April 2010

Developed line numbers, Extracted text abstracts for all selected codes

Dec 2009

Coding completed (Data posted on

(1st and 2nd reading code reconciliation)

July to Dec 2009

Transcript coding continued

April 2009

First draft code book finished

Nov. 2008 to Apr. 2009

Develop code book   

Mon., Nov 17, 2008

First Data Analysis Team Meeting

Data analysis Team:

Barbara Bond, EdD
Andrea Talis, PhD
Stephen Lau, MD
Jing Tan, PhD
Betty Yau, MBA

Hanh La, PhD

Transcription & “Transcriplation”

An on-line transcription company and

Simon Chan, Doug Ling, Vivian Lee, Jonathan Yip, Joyce Guan,

Ed media – Jack Walton

Sat., Aug 16, 2008

8th Focus Group (8-8)

Sat., Aug 9, 2008

7th Focus Group (7-8)

Sat., July 12, 2008

6th Focus Group (6-8)

Sat., June 21, 2008

5th Focus Group (5-8)

Volunteer appreciation – Hong Kong Style BBQ June 14, 2008 (N. Quincy Community Center)

Asian Cancer and Health Awareness Day April 26, 2008 (Atrium and Wolff Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center)

Sat., April 5, 2008

4th Focus Group (4-8)

Focus Group Participants recruitment:

(So Yee Ng, MidTown; Wendy Wong, DPH; Wendy Chan, Harvard Vanguard; Christina Ho, South Cove; Shirley Tang, UMB; … plus numerous emails, professional and personal contacts.)

Sat., Mar 15, 2008

3rd Focus Group (3-8)

Sat., Jan 26, 2008

2nd Focus Group (2-8)

Sat., Dec 22, 2007

1st Focus Group (1-8)

Jan. 8, 2008, Total of 223 questionnaire data entered into spread sheets

Holiday Gathering, Sat., Dec 15, 2007 (atrium basement, Tufts-NEMC)

Nov 23, 2007

(Total of 140 questionnaire data entered)

Sat. Nov. 3, 2007 (10a-3p)

Data entry at 35 Kneeland St

Survey data collection:  Oct. to Dec. 2007

(May Wu’s Office, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Ctr., UMass/ Boston, Chinese Progressive Association,

Midtown Homecare Care, Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, ACCESS ESL classes, YMCA, Connie Ho – BCEC … etc.)

Sat. Nov 10 & 17, 2007 (10a - 12p): Survey Event – Atrium lobby at Tufts NEMC

Sat. Sept 22, 2007 (10a - 3p)

(oak Street Fair – Boston Chinatown)

Collecting questionnaire data

Oct. 2007 – Data Analysis & entry

Aug & Sept.. 2007 - Data entry

*Sun. Aug 18, 2007


(practice focus group)

*Sun. Aug 19, 2007 (10a - 4p)

(August Moon Fest. in Quincy)

Collecting questionnaire data

Aug 12-18 & Aug 19-25, 2007

database design

*Sun, July 22 & 29, 2007 (2-4p)

designing database

Aug 2007 – Submitted complete IRB application with translated Chinese materials

July 2007 – IRB application draft & submission

May 2007 – began drafting questionnaire survey (reviewed & evaluated by Dr. Deb Lerner.)