An investigation of unmet health-related information and healthcare services needs of people with asylum-seeking backgrounds – A Case Study of Persian-speaking Minorities in Finland

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    Abstract

    Dealing with the needs of asylum seekers and refugees regarding various health-related information and healthcare services is a challenge for healthcare service providers. According to the Finnish Immigration Service (2022), there were 61,645 new asylum applications between January 2015 and July 2022 in Finland. An area of concern is their health-related information or health needs, having access to medical information and services, and familiarity with the process and the procedures of using these services in a host country (Ahmadinia et al., 2021, 2022; Kidane et al., 2021; Willey et al., 2022). This study aims to investigate information-seeking behavior from the perspective of cultural and ethnic backgrounds among people with asylum-seeking background living in Finland. This extended abstract presents a part of a larger study including interviews also in Norway and Sweden, presenting preliminary findings of an original qualitative study on Persian-speaking people with asylum-seeking background and their health-seeking behaviour in terms of health-related needs and utilisation in Finland.MethodsThe aim of this study has been on understanding the health-related informa-tion and healthcare-seeking behavior of people with asylum-seeking back-grounds living in Finland using a qualitative approach. The interview guide-line and questions were composed of two main sections including participants' socio-demographic information and questions addressing their health infor-mation-seeking behaviour1. However, this extended abstract only presents results from interviews with participants with asylum-seeking backgrounds and reflects on findings related to health information and healthcare service needs and utilisation in the studied population.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to) 8–13
    Number of pages6
    JournalInformaatiotutkimus
    Volume41
    Issue number2-3
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • Information behavior
    • Health behaviour
    • Minorities
    • Need for care

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