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Title A scoping review of refugees' experiences of healthcare
Author Sjögren Forss, Katarina ; Mangrio, Elisabeth
Date 2018
English abstract
Background: During recent years, Europe has faced increased immigration. The growing number of refugees presents huge challenges to the healthcare systems of host countries. However, healthcare professionals are generally unprepared to understand and address the health and care needs of refugees. More information about refugees’ experiences of the healthcare system is urgently needed to improve the quality of healthcare delivered and provide opportunities for better access. The aim of this study was to learn more about refugees’ experience of the healthcare system in their host country. Methods: The study was conducted as a scoping review. A systematic search of articles was done in Medline, Cinahl and Psychinfo. 619 articles were found in the searches. Twenty-six articles were included in the study. Results: The results showed that the communication between the health professionals and the refugees was important but poor language skills were perceived as a barrier for good communication. There was a need for both increased oral and written information about the health care system and the right to health care in the host countries. Supportive health professionals were of great importance for a good interaction between the refugee and the health care system. In some of the studies included, some refugees had felt discrimination due to their low proficiency in the national language, or because of race or accent. There was a perceived need for more culturally appropriate health care for the refugees. Conclusions: Since refugees may be at greater risk of poor mental and physical health compared to the rest of the population, there is an urgent need for improvement in communication, interpretation, support and delivery of a culturally appropriate care.
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1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health (17-19 May 2018 : Edinburgh, UK)
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cky048.094 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Oxford University Press
Host/Issue European Journal of Public Health;Suppl 1
Volume 28
ISSN 1101-1262
Language eng (iso)
Subject Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26561 Permalink to this page
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