• Background •
Migration, ethno-cultural diversity, health and health care are
closely interlinked in many ways. Due to worldwide migration,
globalisation and also European enlargement, communities in Europe
are becoming more and more diverse on the local level as well.
The health status of migrants and ethnic minority groups is often
worse than that of the average population. These groups are more
vulnerable, due to their lower socio-economic status, and sometimes
because of traumatic migration experiences and lack of adequate
social support. Minority groups are at risk of not receiving the
same level of health care in diagnosis, treatment and preventive
services that the average population receives. Health care services
are not responsive enough to the specific needs of minorities.
Therefore, increasing diversity is an important issue for health
systems and services. Many of the related problems are facing
both service users and providers. Examples include not only language
barriers and cultural diversity, but also scarcities in hospital
resources and low levels of minority purchasing power and entitlements.
All this poses new challenges for professionals, for management
and for quality assurance and improvement in health services –
especially for hospitals which play a particularly important role
in serving this segment of the population.
• Literature review >>
• Project Summary
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