The aim of this pilot study was to explore health practices of Bhutanese refugees and their interactions with the US healthcare system and providers.
Researchers conducted 12 in-depth interviews and 7 patient-provider observation units as part of this descriptive qualitative study.
Participants identified individual definitions of health and behaviors they value to maintain health. They identified significant trust and faith in their healthcare provider and valued provider-directed suggestions. Participants cited concerns with patient-provider communication resulting from limited English proficiency and frequent changes in primary care providers.
This study is useful to inform further research and potential interventions aimed at improving health outcomes in Bhutanese refugees.
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Szajna, Amy E.
"Perceptions of Health Practices and Interactions with the US Healthcare System among Bhutanese Refugees: A Qualitative Approach,"
Journal of Refugee & Global Health: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/rgh/vol2/iss2/3