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Primary health care nurses' promotion of involuntary migrant families' health
School of Health and Society, Kristianstad University College, Kristianstad, Sweden.
School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Faculty of Nursing Science, Gjövik University College, Gjövik, Norway.
2010 (English)In: International Nursing Review, ISSN 0020-8132, E-ISSN 1466-7657, Vol. 57, no 2, p. 224-231Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Involuntary migrant families in cultural transition face a number of challenges to their health and to family cohesion. Primary health care nurses (PHCNs) therefore play a vital role in the assessment and promotion of their health.

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the promotion of health in involuntary migrant families in cultural transition as conceptualized by Swedish PHCNs.

Method: Interviews were conducted with 34 strategically chosen PHCNs covering the entire range of the primary health care sector in two municipalities of Southern Sweden. A contextual approach with reference to phenomenography was used in interpreting the data.

Findings: There are three qualitatively different descriptive categories epitomizing the characteristics of the PHCNs' promotion of health: (1) an ethnocentric approach promoting physical health of the individual, (2) an empathic approach promoting mental health of the individual in a family context, and (3) a holistic approach empowering the family to function well in everyday life.

Conclusions: For nurses to promote involuntary migrant families'health in cultural transition, they need to adopt a holistic approach. Such an approach demands that nurses cooperate with other health care professionals and community authorities, and practise family-focused nursing; it also demands skills in intercultural communication paired with cultural self-awareness in interacting with these families. Adequate knowledge regarding these skills should therefore be included in the education of nurses, both at under- and at post-graduate level. © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 International Council of Nurses

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Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Vol. 57, no 2, p. 224-231
Keywords [en]
Competence, Cultural Transition, Health Promotion, Involuntary Migration, Nursing, Phenomenography, Primary Health Care, Sweden
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35762ISI: 000277796500015PubMedID: 20579158Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77954405598OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-35762DiVA, id: diva2:1174653
Available from: 2018-01-16 Created: 2018-01-16 Last updated: 2018-01-16Bibliographically approved

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