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Development of an Interview Guide Identifying the Rehabilitation Needs of Women from the Middle East Living with Chronic Pain

Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Elevhemmet H2:00, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, Stockholm S-171 76, Sweden
Centre for Clinical Research Sörmland, Uppsala University. Kungsgatan 41, Eskilstuna S-631 88, Sweden
Department of Nursing and Care, the Swedish Red Cross University College, Teknikringen 1, Stockholm S-114 28, Sweden
School of Health, Care, and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University. P.O. Box 325, Eskilstuna S-631 05, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(10), 12043-12056;
Received: 26 June 2015 / Revised: 9 September 2015 / Accepted: 18 September 2015 / Published: 25 September 2015
The purpose of this study was to develop an interview guide for use by primary healthcare professionals to support them in identifying the rehabilitation needs of forced resettled women from the Middle East living with chronic pain. Previous findings together with the existing literature were used as the basis for developing the interview guide in three steps: item generation, cognitive interviews, and a pilot study. The study resulted in a 16-item interview guide focusing on patients’ concerns and expectations, with consideration of pre-migration, migration, and post-migration factors that might affect their health. With the help of the guide, patients were also invited to identify difficulties in their daily activities and to take part in setting goals and planning their rehabilitation. The current interview guide provides professional guidance to caretakers, taking a person-centered participative point of departure when meeting and planning care, for and together, with representatives from dispersed ethnic populations in Sweden. It can be used together with the patient by all staff members working in primary healthcare, with the aim of contributing to continuity of care and multi-professional collaboration. View Full-Text
Keywords: immigrants; women’s health; primary healthcare immigrants; women’s health; primary healthcare
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Zander, V.; Eriksson, H.; Christensson, K.; Müllersdorf, M. Development of an Interview Guide Identifying the Rehabilitation Needs of Women from the Middle East Living with Chronic Pain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 12043-12056.

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