Meeting the healthcare needs of overseas Chinese students at UK universities
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Meeting the healthcare needs of overseas Chinese students at UK universities

Charlotte Louise Porter Practice nurse, public health graduate, School of Health and Related Research, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England

Why you should read this article?
  • To familiarise yourself with the healthcare needs of overseas Chinese students

  • To understand the barriers experienced by overseas Chinese students when accessing UK student primary healthcare

  • To enhance your knowledge of strategies to increase access to healthcare services for this population

Individuals from China comprise the largest cohort of international students in the UK, making up almost one quarter of those coming to the country to study. The large Chinese student population at UK universities means there are considerable numbers each year who require access to student primary healthcare.

This article describes a literature and narrative review that aimed to critically review the evidence concerning whether the primary healthcare needs of overseas Chinese students studying at UK universities are being met. Three themes were identified: primary healthcare accessibility and potential barriers for overseas Chinese students; health-seeking behaviour and health needs; and cultural and spiritual foundations of health needs and trusted health-seeking frameworks.

Primary Health Care. 31, 6, 25-30. doi: 10.7748/phc.2021.e1731

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Porter CL (2021) Meeting the healthcare needs of overseas Chinese students at UK universities. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2021.e1731


I wish to acknowledge the help provided by my primary care colleagues at University Health Service, The University of Sheffield, particularly Dr Mike Jakubovic, Ben Hallsworth and Emma de Chenu

Published online: 25 August 2021

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