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Clinical Crossroads
January 23/30, 2002

Caring for a 70-Year-Old Vietnamese Woman

JAMA. 2002;287(4):495-504. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-287-4-jxr10006

DR SHIP: Mrs G is a 70-year-old woman who moved to the United States from Vietnam 7 years ago. She lives in Boston and has Medicare and Medicaid insurance. Mrs G now sees Dr P, a female Vietnamese American primary care physician who speaks Vietnamese (and English), in a community clinic.

Before living in the United States, Mrs G had no medical problems for which she sought treatment and did not have a primary care physician. In her home in Vietnam, she delivered 6 children vaginally with assistance from a local caregiver.