Immigrants in emergency care: Swedish health care staff's experiences
2005 (English)In: International Nursing Review, ISSN 0020-8132, E-ISSN 1466-7657, Vol. 52, no 4, 276-285 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: During the past few decades Sweden has developed into a multicultural society. The proportion of patients with different cultural backgrounds increases, which naturally makes new demands on health care staff.
Aim: To identify whether staff in somatic and psychiatric emergency care experienced problems in the care of migrants, and if so to compare these.
Method: The study design was explorative. Focus group interviews of 22 women and 13 men working as nurses and assistant nurses at an emergency ward, an ambulance service and a psychiatric intensive care unit were held.
Findings: The results showed that the main problems experienced in all wards were difficulties related to caring for asylum-seeking refugees. Some dissimilarities were revealed: unexpected behaviours in migrants related to cultural differences described by staff working in the emergency ward; migrants' refusal to eat and drink and their inactive behaviour in the psychiatric ward; and a lot of non-emergency runs by the ambulance staff because of language barriers between the emergency services centre and migrants.
Conclusion: The main problems experienced by the health care staff were situations in which they were confronted with the need to care for asylum-seeking refugees. Practice implications: These emphasize the importance of support from organizational structures and national policies to develop models for caring for asylum-seeking refugees. Simple routines and facilities to communicate with foreign-language-speaking migrants need to be developed. Health care staff need a deeper understanding of individual needs in the light of migrational and cultural background.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley InterScience , 2005. Vol. 52, no 4, 276-285 p.
Ambulance, Asylum-seeking Refugees, Emergency, Health Care Staff, Migrants, Psychiatry
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18083DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2005.00418.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18083DiVA: diva2:214409