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Migrant-friendly hospitals: A paediatric perspective - Improving hospital care for migrant children

Jaeger, Fabienne N., Kiss, Ligia, Hossain, Mazeda and Zimmerman, Cathy (2013) Migrant-friendly hospitals: A paediatric perspective - Improving hospital care for migrant children. BMC Health Services Research, 13 (1). ISSN 1472-6963

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Identification Number: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-389

Abstract

Background: The European Union (EU) Migrant-Friendly Hospital (MFH) Initiative, introduced in 2002, promotes the adoption of care approaches adapted to meet the service needs of migrants. However, for paediatric hospitals, no specific recommendations have been offered for MFH care for children. Using the Swiss MFH project as a case study, this paper aims to identify hospital-based care needs of paediatric migrants (PMs) and good service approaches. Methods. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with principal project leaders of five paediatric hospitals participating in the Swiss MFH project. A review of the international literature on non-clinical hospital service needs and service responses of paediatric MFHs was conducted. Results: Paediatric care can be complex, usually involving both the patient and the patient's family. Key challenges include differing levels of acculturation between parents and children; language barriers; cultural differences between patient and provider; and time constraints. Current service and infrastructural responses include interpretation services for PMs and parents, translated information material, and special adaptations to ensure privacy, e.g., during breastfeeding. Clear standards for paediatric migrant-friendly hospitals (P-MFH) are lacking. Conclusions: International research on hospital care for migrant children is scarce. The needs of paediatric migrants and their families may differ from guidance for adults. Paediatric migrant needs should be systematically identified and used to inform paediatric hospital care approaches. Hospital processes from admission to discharge should be revised to ensure implementation of migrant-sensitive approaches suitable for children. Staff should receive adequate support, such as training, easily available interpreters and sufficient consultation time, to be able to provide migrant-friendly paediatric services. The involvement of migrant groups may be helpful. Improving the quality of care for PMs at both policy and service levels is an investment in the future that will benefit native and migrant families.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 14:09
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 03:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102116

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