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Shaping the care they deserve: Needs, expectations and recommendations of healthcare provision at the New Canadians Health Centre for Afghan refugee women in Edmonton

  • Author / Creator
    Neves, Cristian Guillermo
  • This qualitative inquiry delved into the healthcare needs and experiences of Afghan refugee women resettled in Canada, addressing three primary research questions. Employing a community-based participatory research approach alongside qualitative narrative inquiry, the study explored the lived experiences of Afghan women refugees accessing healthcare services, at the New Canadians Health Centre (NCHC). Through focus groups with six NCHC staff and semi-structured interviews with three Afghan women clients, a nuanced understanding of their healthcare journeys emerged. The findings underscored the multifaceted nature of their experiences, tracing back to pre-migration challenges in Afghanistan, including societal constraints and disparities in healthcare access. Post-resettlement, the women navigated identity shifts, daily life adjustments, and interactions with the Canadian healthcare system, encountering both positive and challenging experiences. Access to medication and mental health support emerged as crucial post-resettlement needs, while reliance on community networks for health information persisted. Despite obstacles, Afghan refugee women demonstrated resilience and agency, advocating for their health equity. Their insights offered valuable recommendations for culturally sensitive service provision. Ultimately, this study highlighted the imperative of culturally safe healthcare practices and underscored the transformative role of community and empowerment in shaping the healthcare experiences of Afghan refugee women in Canada.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2024
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-ewex-y519
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.