Taking care of minor migrants' health: the professionals' perception , training needs

Francesca Zambri, Francesca Marchetti, Sofia Colaceci, Eva Benelli, Debora Serra, Marco Canevelli, Nicola Vanacore, Angela Giusti
2020 Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità  
In Italy, minor migrants represent 21.8% of the non-EU citizens. The care of minor migrants might be challenging as this population is characterized by higher vulnerability and special needs. The study aim was to describe the perceptions on the provision of care, the bio-psycho-social needs of migrant children and the professional training needs. The study is qualitative descriptive. In May 2019 three focus group, involving health and social professionals, cultural mediators and NGOs operators,
more » ... were organized. The study explored different areas of the provision of care to minor migrants including bio-psycho-social needs, care provision, barriers to care and professionals' training needs. The provision of care should consider the specific migration journey and narrative. In some cases healthcare is fragmented, generating obstacles to access especially in minors with lower levels of health literacy. Training plays a key role in the development of cultural competence.
doi:10.4415/ann_20_04_09 pmid:33346173 fatcat:srhlc336vjapxedorsh5tkaemy