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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2011 Jan;47(1):48-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00270.x. Epub 2010 Aug 12.

Health and social needs of traumatized refugees and asylum seekers: an exploratory study.

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  • 1Clinic Centrum '45 for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Foundation Centre '45, Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. p.strijk@centrum45.nl

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to describe the care needs of adult traumatized refugees and asylum seekers.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

A mixed-methods design was used. A survey was conducted using the Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN) among 30 patients. Semistructured in-depth interviews were subsequently conducted with eight of these patients.

FINDINGS:

Key themes among refugees are loneliness and grief. Refugees are in severe psychological distress. They also encounter all kinds of practical problems that influence their quality of life. Furthermore, many of them suffer from serious psychiatric and trauma-related problems.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

The results of this explorative study can contribute to the quality of care for traumatized refugees.

© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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21418072
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