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Demonstrating cultural competence within health-visiting practice: Working with refugee and asylum-seeking families

Burchill, J and Pevalin, DJ (2014) 'Demonstrating cultural competence within health-visiting practice: Working with refugee and asylum-seeking families.' Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 11 (2). 151 - 159. ISSN 2049-5471

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Abstract

This qualitative study explored the experiences of health visitors working with refugee and asylumseeking families in central London, and assessed the dimensions of their cultural competency using Quickfall's model (Quickfall, 2004, 2010). In-depth interviews were conducted with 14 health visitors. Data were analysed using Framework, a thematicbased analytical method. The findings revealed that the health visitors demonstrated aspects of culturally competent care in relation to Quickfall's five-step model which was developed from the literature specifically for working with asylum applicants within a primary care setting. Shortcomings with regard to demonstrating cultural competence were related to working for an organisation whose work is governed by external factors such as national legislation and policy. In addition, the complexity of the needs of these vulnerable populations and limited resources sometimes compromised the cultural competence of the health visitors. However, they showed many positive xamples of how they provided equity, access and non-discriminatory services, health promotion and socially inclusive services.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2014 15:27
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 05:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10571

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