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Enfermería Global

On-line version ISSN 1695-6141


FORCA SANCHEZ, M.E. et al. Female inmigrants and health, a road to be travelled in the 21st century. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2009, n.15. ISSN 1695-6141.

Introduction. The demand for health care in Murcia has made us question how immigrants perceive our health care system. Thus the importance of observing the behavior of immigrants, as they face obstacles appearing because they are women and belong to a different culture, an issue that can be difficult for health care workers. Methodology. The study was conducted with a sample of 41 female immigrants in the Murcia region. Five introductory interviews were carried out as an introductory tool in this observational descriptive study. After obtaining the results some forms were filled out consisting of closed questions concerning the attention given, obstacles and gender issues when it comes to receiving their health care. As a criterion of exclusion, there was an absence of males during the questioning so as not to affect the response of the interviewee. Discussion. The vast majority of those interviewed have difficulty communicating with health care staff. Dissatisfaction with the service provided could arise. It shows the great importance of a mediator between professionals and female immigrants. Therefore, health care services should be open to all people in our society, not only in situations of illness but also to improve health. Conclusions. •Encourage the need for a multicultural mediator in all places where health care is provided. •Required that health professionals who provide care should be trained in cultural aspects. •Health policy towards immigration groups should be implemented.

Keywords : Women; Immigrant and Health.

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