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Potential barriers limiting Myanmar migrant workers from using healthcare services in South Korea : A qualitative study from the primary care perspective

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  • Korean Academy of Family Medicine


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Title Potential barriers limiting Myanmar migrant workers from using healthcare services in South Korea
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A qualitative study from the primary care perspective

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Choi, Soo Jung; Shin, Dong Wook; Park, Hyun Jung et al.

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[Seoul]:Korean Academy of Family Medicine

Date 2016-02
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Journal of Family Practice:vol. 6(no. 1)
Pages 6
Subject Country Myanmar(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Social Development < Employment
Holding Korean Academy of Family Medicine

Abstract

Background: An influx of migrant workers from neighboring countries poses several challenges to South Korea’s primary healthcare system. In this qualitative study, we addressed the healthcare behavior and key barriers that Myanmar migrant workers face when utilizing healthcare from a primary care perspective. We aimed to increase public awareness and suggest effective strategies to improve the healthcare of this population that is understudied in South Korea. Methods: Thirteen documented migrant workers and five activists from Myanmar were invited to participate in semi-structured focus-group interviews that were facilitated by two interpreters. Results: Potential barriers existed across all five levels of the core characteristics of primary care: (1) language barriers and time constraints (access); (2) little education about chronic diseases and their complications (continuity); (3) lack of knowledge about utilizing Korean health services (coordination); (The rest omitted)