Lived experience of Afghan refugees in Iran concerning primary health care delivery

Azizi, Nemat, Delgoshaei, Bahram and Aryankhesal, Aidin ORCID: (2019) Lived experience of Afghan refugees in Iran concerning primary health care delivery. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 13 (5-6). pp. 868-873. ISSN 1935-7893

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Objective: Access to primary health care (PHC) is very important for refugees. The aim of this study was to illuminate lived experience of Afghan refugees in Iran regarding PHC delivery.Methods: This qualitative study was conducted in 2016-2017 by using the content analysis technique. Data were collected through individual deep interviews with Afghan refugees who lived in Iran. The data were analyzed by using a method by Graneheim and Lundman.Results: Four main categories and 12 subcategories were emerged, including (1) challenges before PHC delivery: large number of children, high service cost, not having medical insurance, access to health centers, appointment to get services, simultaneity of breastfeeding, and pregnancy; (2) challenges during PHC delivery: understanding Iranian words, health care provider's behavior, delay in getting service in PHC centers; (3) challenges after delivery PHC: referral patient, high costs of paraclinics; and (4) free and good services.Conclusion: Our results showed that Afghan refugees have several challenges in every stage of PHC delivery. Awareness of such problems can help medical personnel improve delivery of service to Afghan refugees, as well as using trained Afghani nurses to serve the refugees.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This manuscript has been derived from a PhD thesis, supported financially by Iran University of Medical Sciences through Grant No. IUMS/SHMIS-1394/37. We thank all of the Afghan refugees who participated in our study. Funding Information: This project was supported by the research deputy of Iran University of Medical Sciences. Publisher Copyright: Copyright © 2019 Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: afghanistan,iran,primary health care,refugees,public health, environmental and occupational health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2739
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2023 10:30
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 14:30
DOI: 10.1017/dmp.2018.169

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