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GP trainees' experience, knowledge and attitudes towards caring for refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants.

Scott, R., Forde, E. and Wedderburn, C., 2019. GP trainees' experience, knowledge and attitudes towards caring for refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. Education for Primary Care, 30 (5), 322 - 323.

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DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2019.1652699

Abstract

Context: According to the World Health Organisation 'more people are on the move now than ever before with an estimated 1 billion migrants in the world today and 68 million forcibly displaced people'. GPs are on the frontline of healthcare in the UK and have a responsibility to provide free and equitable access for everyone. Aim: The main aim of our work was to assess GP trainees' current experience, knowledge and attitudes towards caring for refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. Description: 30 final year GP trainees on the Dorset Vocational Training Scheme (VTS) were asked to participate by completing a questionnaire. Outcomes: The results show that GP trainees lack knowledge regarding migrants health needs, rights to care, including whether there is a duty to disclose an illegal immigrant and what to do if a patient could not provide proof of identification. They lacked experience and confidence in caring for this group of patients, with the biggest perceived challenge being language barriers. Conclusions: Education in primary care needs to respond to meet the challenge of population movement (5), and this project highlighted a need to improve education on migrants' rights to care, local support groups, as well as common health problems. In response, we have reviewed our curriculum and introduced an education session on refugee health for all our GP trainees in Dorset.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1473-9879
Uncontrolled Keywords:GP training; global health; migrant; refugee
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:33050
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:18 Nov 2019 13:56
Last Modified:13 Aug 2020 01:08

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