Effectiveness of Primary Health Care Services in Addressing Mental Health Needs of Minority Refugee Population in New Zealand

Author(s): Jagamaya SHRESTHA-RANJIT ; Elizabeth PATTERSON ; Elizabeth MANIAS ; Deborah PAYNE ; Jane KOZIOL-MCLAIN

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01612840.2017.1283375

Abstract

Many people are displaced from their country of origin and become refugees, mostly due to armed conflicts, political violence and human rights abuse. Refugees have complex mental, physical, and social health problems related to their traumatic background and the experiences they have endured during their refugee journey. The aim of this qualitative exploratory study was to examine the effectiveness of primary health care services in addressing mental health needs of Bhutanese refugee women resettled in New Zealand. This study included focus group discussion with Bhutanese women and men followed by interviews with health service providers. The findings of this study highlighted inadequacies and constraints in addressing Bhutanese refugee women’s mental health needs in New Zealand and provided evidence for recommendations to address these inadequacies.

Tags: New Zealand, Bhutan, Women, Refugees, Access to mental health care, Mental health services, Armed conflict, Political violence, Traumatic life events

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