Access to Health Care by Refugees: A Dimensional Analysis

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Abstract

PURPOSE.

A dimensional analysis of access to healthcare services by the refugee population was conducted.

BACKGROUND.

Refugees resettled to the United States are categorized as a vulnerable population and have limited economic and social resources.

METHODS.

Dimensional analysis was employed to identify the concept by varying perspectives and dimensions. The perspectives from the healthcare provider and the refugee, as the healthcare consumer, were explored.

RESULTS.

The following dimensions were identified: culture, language discrimination and stigmatization, and logistical concerns. Findings support that specific refugee groups have not been well-represented in the literature.

CONCLUSION.

Knowledge of this unique population is integral to healthcare professionals who encounter refugees in clinical practice. Regardless of the specific group, access to healthcare services must be determined for better health outcomes.

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