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Health Care Needs in School-Age Refugee Children
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS). Sachsska Children’s Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska institutet, Sweden .
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 16, no 21, article id 4255Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most European countries have systematic health assessments of refugees with a main focus on infectious diseases. The aim of this study was to describe the broader health care needs identified in newly settled refugee children in a school health setting. The study population consisted of all 609 recently settled Non-European refugee and asylum-seeking children in the age range 6-15 years who were enrolled in the schools of Malmo, Sweden during the autumn semester of 2015, of which 265 had arrived in Sweden unaccompanied. The data were collected in a structured routine intake interview by an experienced school nurse. Almost half of the children had obvious untreated caries. For the unaccompanied children, prominent mental health needs were present in almost one in three. Previously unidentified vision and/or hearing problems were identified in one in ten and around 5% had a daily medication, and 4.5% of the unaccompanied children and 1.2% of the accompanied children were judged to be in need of immediate care and were referred accordingly. Newly settled refugee children in northern Europe have considerable health care needs apart from communicable diseases. School health services have a unique platform to identify and initiate this care.

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2019. Vol. 16, no 21, article id 4255
Keywords [en]
health examination, health assessment, children, health care, convention on the rights of the child, migration, primary care, asylum seekers, refugee
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177517DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16214255ISI: 000498842000201PubMedID: 31683963OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177517DiVA, id: diva2:1384570
Available from: 2020-01-10 Created: 2020-01-10 Last updated: 2020-01-10Bibliographically approved

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