Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 1498–1505 | Cite as

Challenges and Strategies in Providing Home Based Primary Care for Refugees in the US

  • C. Febles
  • M. A. Nies
  • K. Fanning
  • S. S. Tavernier
Review Paper


The recent crisis in the Middle East has prompted the exodus of millions of refugees from the region who are at present seeking shelter across Europe and in the United States. Among the most immediate needs of refugees upon arrival in a host country is health care, and it is one of the most sustained interactions they experience. Home visits are a common form of primary care for refugees. The authors review the literature to identify themes related to challenges and strategies for providing home based primary care to refugees. The literature review was performed by searching cross-disciplinary databases utilizing Onesearch, but focusing primarily on results produced through CINAHL, EBSCOHOST, and Pub Med databases. To maximize the number of studies included, there was no time frame placed upon publication dates of articles within the search. A total of 55 articles were included in this paper.


Refugee Home based primary care Health care provider Review 



Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant No. 1 UD7HP28528-01-00.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human Subjects and Animal Welfare

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Global Studies and LanguagesIdaho State UniversityPocatelloUSA
  2. 2.Division of Health SciencesIdaho State UniversityPocatelloUSA
  3. 3.School of NursingIdaho State UniversityPocatelloUSA

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