Understanding the health beliefs and practices of East African refugees

Title

Understanding the health beliefs and practices of East African refugees

Published Date

2013-03

Publisher

American Journal of Health Behavior

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Article

Abstract

Objectives: This study explores East African refugees’ perceptions, ideas and beliefs about health and health care, as well as the ways in which health information is shared within their communities. Methods: This study consisted of two focus groups with a total of 15 participants, including East African community leaders and health professionals. Results: East African refugees in the US have strong cultural, religious and traditional health practices that shape their health behavior and influence their interactions with Western health care systems. Conclusions: Health care providers who understand refugees’ beliefs about health may achieve more compliance with refugee patients.

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Funding information

Minnesota Department of Health

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Doi identifier

10.5993/AJHB.37.2.2

Previously Published Citation

*Simmelink, J., Lightfoot, E., Dube, A., *Blevins, J. & Lum, T. (2013). Understanding the health beliefs and practices of East African refugees.. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37(2), 155-161.

Suggested citation

Simmelink, Jennifer; Lightfoot, Elizabeth; Dube, Amano; Blevins, Jennifer; Y Lum, Terry. (2013). Understanding the health beliefs and practices of East African refugees. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, 10.5993/AJHB.37.2.2.

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