Legal Aspects of the Safety of Healthcare Professionals Working with Migrants

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Author list: Bessa Vilela, N., Vilela, I.
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Medicine, Law and Society (2463-7955)
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 1
Start page: 71
End page: 83
Number of pages: 13
ISSN: 2463-7955
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

The coexistence of multiple cultures is a challenge that requires
behavioral changes for the health professionals, in particular nurses.
This work’s objective was to understand the factors and beliefs that
influence the demand for health care from immigrants in the Porto
metropolitan area (Portugal), and their accessibility to the health
services. We developed an exploratory-descriptive qualitative study. We
obtained the data through semi-structured interviews of eleven Ukrainian
residents of the Porto metropolitan area. We used the twelve cultural
domains of Purnell. Sampling was non-probability, of convenience and in
“snowball”. Participants were required to give their free and informed
consent. The results indicated some difficulties accessing health care
due to inefficient communication, resulting from the language barrier
and/or of different interpretations, and the disarticulation between the
different immigrant support services. This study allowed the
implementation of strategies designed to promote health care directed to
immigrants, taking into consideration the diversity and vulnerability
when accessing health services.


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