Unmet Health Care Needs for Syrian Refugees in Canada: A Follow-up Study
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.
KeywordsSyrian refugees Privately-sponsored (PSRs) Government-assisted (GARs) Unmet health care need Longitudinal
This research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Grant No. 890-2016-4061).
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Ethics approval was obtained to conduct this research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Research Ethics Board and Administrative Approval was received from the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Toronto and from the Human Participants Research Committee ethics review board of York University.
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