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08.01.2019 | Original Paper

Unmet Health Care Needs for Syrian Refugees in Canada: A Follow-up Study

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Andrew Tuck, Anna Oda, Michaela Hynie, Caroline Bennett-AbuAyyash, Brenda Roche, Branka Agic, Kwame McKenzie
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Unmet health care needs are under explored among refugees. Previously we found unmet health care needs in Syrian refugees may be higher than in the general Canadian population (Oda et al. CMAJ Open 5(2):E354–E358, 2017; Oda et al. J Immigr Minor Health, 2018. https://​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s10903-018-0780-z). This follow-up study with Syrian refugees who entered Canada between July 2015 and July 2016 aimed to understand if there are changes in unmet health care needs 6 months to a year after baseline collection. The number reporting unmet needs was high (42.6%). Although some refugees had their needs met, unmet health needs persist, and it seems that they are linked with sponsorship pathway and post-migration socio-economic position. While caution should be used generalizing these results, they do suggest that greater coordination between services may be needed as many of the refugees report unmet needs within months of arriving and continue to report needs after being here for a period up to 2 years.

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