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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 506269, 9 pages
Research Article

Facilitators and Barriers to Health-Seeking Behaviours among Filipino Migrants: Inductive Analysis to Inform Health Promotion

1South Western Sydney Local Health District, 59a Cumberland Road, Ingleburn, NSW 2565, Australia
2Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, P.O. Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
3Centre for Applied Nursing Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
4Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, 1 Campbell Street, Liverpool, NSW 2170, Australia
5School of Nursing, John Hopkins University, 525 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA

Received 31 October 2014; Revised 22 December 2014; Accepted 22 January 2015

Academic Editor: Pascale Allotey

Copyright © 2015 D. Maneze et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Understanding factors that influence health-seeking behaviour of migrants is necessary to intervene for behaviour change. This paper explores Filipino migrants’ perceptions of facilitators and barriers to maintaining health in Australia. Open-ended survey item responses reflecting factors that assisted and hindered health following migration to Australia were inductively analysed. Three hundred and thirty-seven of the 552 survey respondents (61%) provided open-ended responses. Responses were grouped into two major categories: individual factors, including personal resources and cultural influences, and environmental factors encompassing both the physical conditions in the host country and health service access. Awareness of practices that enhance health was a major personal facilitator of health-seeking behaviour; however, competing priorities of daily living were perceived as barriers. Cultural beliefs and practices influenced health-seeking behaviour. Despite high self-rated English language skills in this population, new migrants and the elderly cited communication difficulties as barriers to accessing health services. Insight into facilitators and barriers to health-seeking behaviour in this less researched migrant population revealed tools for enhancing engagement in health promotion programs addressing healthy lifestyle.