Access to medication and pharmacy services for resettled refugees: A systematic review

Bellamy, Kim., Ostini, Remo., Martini, Nataly. and Kairuz, Therese. (2015) Access to medication and pharmacy services for resettled refugees: A systematic review. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 21 3: 273-278. doi:10.1071/PY14121


Author Bellamy, Kim.
Ostini, Remo.
Martini, Nataly.
Kairuz, Therese.
Title Access to medication and pharmacy services for resettled refugees: A systematic review
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1836-7399
1448-7527
Publication date 2015-01-12
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1071/PY14121
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 273
End page 278
Total pages 6
Place of publication Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The difficulties that resettled refugees experience in accessing primary health-care services have been widely documented. In most developed countries, pharmacists are often the first health-care professional contacted by consumers; however, the ability of refugees to access community pharmacies and medication may be limited. This review systematically reviewed the literature and synthesised findings of research that explored barriers and/or facilitators of access to medication and pharmacy services for resettled refugees. This review adhered to guidelines for systematic reviews by PRISMA (preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses). Databases were searched during March 2014 and included Scopus, ProQuest Sociological Abstracts, PubMed, Embase and APAIS Health. The Australian and International grey literature was also explored. Nine studies met the quality and inclusion criteria. The research reported in seven of the nine studies was conducted in the US, one was conducted in Australia and the other in the UK. The majority of studies focussed on South-east Asian refugees. Themes identified across the studies included language and the use of interpreters; navigating the Western health-care system; culture and illness beliefs; medication non-adherence; use of traditional medicine; and family, peer and community support. There is a significant paucity of published research exploring barriers to medication and pharmacy services among resettled refugees. This systematic review highlights the need for appropriate interpreting and translation services, as well as pharmacy staff demonstrating effective cross-cultural communication skills.
Keyword Barriers
Medicines
Primary health care.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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