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Factors affecting access to healthcare services by intermarried Filipino women in rural Tasmania: a qualitative study

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Hannah, CT and Le, Q, Factors affecting access to healthcare services by intermarried Filipino women in rural Tasmania: a qualitative study, Rural and Remote Health, 12, (4) Article 2118. ISSN 1445-6354 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2012 James Cook University

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Abstract

Introduction: Access to health care services is vital for every migrantís health and wellbeing. However, migrantsí cultural health beliefs and views can hinder their ability to access available services. This study examined factors affecting access to healthcare services for intermarried Filipino women in rural Tasmania, Australia.

Methods: A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews was employed to investigate the factors affecting access to healthcare services for 30 intermarried Filipino women in rural Tasmania. The study used grounded theory and thematic analysis for its data analysis. Nvivo v8 (www.qsrinternational.com) was also used to assist the data coding process and analysis.

Results: Five influencing factors were identified: (1) language or communication barriers; (2) area of origin in the Philippines; (3) cultural barriers; (4) length of stay in Tasmania; and (5) expectations of healthcare services before and after migration.

Conclusion: Factors affecting intermarried Filipino women in accessing healthcare services are shaped by their socio-demographic and cultural background. The insights gained from this study are useful to health policy-makers, healthcare professionals and to intermarried female migrants. The factors identified can serve as a guide to improve healthcare access for Filipino women and other migrants.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, cultural beliefs, health, health care access, intermarried Filipino women, migrants.
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
Author:Hannah, CT (Dr Chona Hannah)
Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:80340
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2012-10-30
Last Modified:2013-05-10
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