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Exploring the Health Care Challenges and Health Care Needs of Arabic-Speaking Immigrants with Cardiovascular Disease in Australia

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School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Leeds Parade, Orange 2800, Australia
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School of Science, Charles Sturt University, Leeds Parade, Orange 2800, Australia
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Pharmacy 2019, 7(4), 151; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7040151
Received: 18 September 2019 / Revised: 7 November 2019 / Accepted: 7 November 2019 / Published: 11 November 2019
The Arabic-speaking immigrant group, which makes up the fourth largest language group in Australia, has a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease. The objective of this study was to explore the health care challenges and needs of Arabic-speaking immigrants with cardiovascular disease (CVD), using a comparative approach with English-speaking patients with CVD as the comparable group. Methods: Participants were recruited from community settings in Melbourne, Australia. Face-to-face semi-structured individual interviews were conducted at the recruitment sites. All interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, and coded thematically. Results: 29 participants with CVD were recruited; 15 Arabic-speaking and 14 English-speaking. Arabic-speaking immigrants, and to a lesser extent English-speaking patients with CVD may have specific health care challenges and needs. Arabic-speaking immigrants’ health care needs include: effective health care provider (HCP)-patient communication, accessible care, participation in decision-making, and empowerment. English-speaking participants viewed these needs as important for CVD management. However, only a few English-speaking participants cited these needs as unmet health care needs. Conclusion: This study suggests that Arabic-speaking immigrants with CVD may have unique needs including the need for privacy, effective HCP-patient communication that takes into account patients’ limited English proficiency, and pharmacist-physician collaboration. Therefore, there may be a need to identify a health care model that can address these patients’ health care challenges and needs. This, in turn, may improve their disease management and health outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Arabic; immigrants; cardiovascular; challenges; needs; preferences; unique; Australia Arabic; immigrants; cardiovascular; challenges; needs; preferences; unique; Australia
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Abdelmessih, E.; Simpson, M.-D.; Cox, J.; Guisard, Y. Exploring the Health Care Challenges and Health Care Needs of Arabic-Speaking Immigrants with Cardiovascular Disease in Australia. Pharmacy 2019, 7, 151.

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