Journal article

Health needs of Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees in Porirua.

T Blakely

The New Zealand Medical Journal | Published : 1996


AIMS: To determine the health needs of refugees in the Porirua region. To develop options for health promotion for refugees in the Porirua region. METHODS: Twelve families were interviewed (eight Cambodian and four Vietnamese) representing 68 individuals. Questions were asked of health and other needs, health service utilisation and barriers to health care, particularly language. Additionally, eight key informant interviews were conducted. RESULTS: Families reported 26 out of 68 individuals (38%) as suffering from poor health; asthma, hepatitis B and treated tuberculosis being the three most common conditions. Open questions elicited many vague somatic complaints that may overlay psychiatric..

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