Health and Social Needs of Traumatized Refugees and Asylum Seekers: An Exploratory Study

Auteurs
Patricia Strijk, Berno van Meijel en Claudia Gamel
Lectoraat
Soort object
Artikel
Datum
2011
Samenvatting
The purpose of this study was to describe the care needs of adult traumatized refugees and asylum seekers. DESIGN AND METHODS.  A mixed-methods design was used. A survey was conducted using the Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN) among 30 patients. Semistructured in-depth interviews were subsequently conducted with eight of these patients. FINDINGS.  Key themes among refugees are loneliness and grief. Refugees are in severe psychological distress. They also encounter all kinds of practical problems that influence their quality of life. Furthermore, many of them suffer from serious psychiatric and trauma-related problems. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS.  The results of this explorative study can contribute to the quality of care for traumatized refugees.