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Evaluating the Provision of Health Services and Barriers to Treatment for Chronic Diseases among Syrian Refugees in Turkey: A Review of Literature and Stakeholder Interviews

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Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA
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Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
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Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2660; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152660
Received: 8 June 2019 / Revised: 16 July 2019 / Accepted: 23 July 2019 / Published: 25 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Health and Wellbeing of Migrant Populations)
Background: While Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees, the provision of health services for chronic disease among Syrian refugees in Turkey has been inadequate and understudied. This paper explores Turkish healthcare policies surrounding Syrian refugees’ access to health services for chronic diseases. Methods: We conducted a literature review and supplementary stakeholder interviews to evaluate the provision of chronic health services and the most common barriers to healthcare access among Syrian refugees in Turkey. Results: Though access to treatment for displaced Syrians has improved throughout the past five years, five primary barriers persist: registration procedure regulations, navigation of a new health system, language barriers, fear of adverse treatment, and cost. Conclusions: To drive improvements in healthcare for chronic diseases among Syrian refugees in Turkey, we recommend making registration procedures more accessible, developing more healthcare options in patients’ native language, increasing human resources, and advocating for more research surrounding chronic health conditions among refugees. View Full-Text
Keywords: Global Health; Migrant Health; Refugee Health; Syrian Refugees; Turkey; Chronic Disease; Healthcare Access; Barriers to Care Global Health; Migrant Health; Refugee Health; Syrian Refugees; Turkey; Chronic Disease; Healthcare Access; Barriers to Care
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Alawa, J.; Zarei, P.; Khoshnood, K. Evaluating the Provision of Health Services and Barriers to Treatment for Chronic Diseases among Syrian Refugees in Turkey: A Review of Literature and Stakeholder Interviews. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2660.

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