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Title: Communication barriers in maternity care of allophone migrants : experiences of women, healthcare professionals and intercultural interpreters
Authors : Origlia Ikhilor, Paola
Hasenberg, Gabriele
Kurth, Elisabeth
Asefaw, Fana
Pehlke-Milde, Jessica
Cignacco, Eva
Published in : The Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume(Issue) : 75
Issue : 10
Pages : 2200
Pages to: 2210
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Wiley
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 618: Gynecology, obstetrics and midwifery
Abstract: Aim: To describe communication barriers faced by allophone migrant women in maternity care provision from the perspectives of migrant women, healthcare professionals and intercultural interpreters. Background: Perinatal health inequality of migrant women hinges on barriers to services, with a major barrier being language. Their care is often also perceived as demanding due to conflicting values or complex situations. Potentially divergent perceptions of users and providers may hinder efficient communication. Design: Qualitative explorative study. Methods: A convenience sample of 36 participants was recruited in the German speaking region of Switzerland. The sample consisted of four Albanian and six Tigrinya speaking women, 22 healthcare professionals and four intercultural interpreters (March‐June 2016) who participated in 3 focus group discussions and seven semi‐structured interviews. Audio recordings of the discussions and interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed. Results: The analysis revealed three main themes: the challenge of understanding each other's world, communication breakdowns and imposed health services. Without interpretation communication was reduced to a bare minimum and thus insufficient to adequately inform women about treatment and address their expectations and needs. Conclusion: A primary step in dismantling barriers is guaranteed intercultural interpreting services. Additionally, healthcare professionals need to continuously develop and reflect on their transcultural communication. Institutions must enable professionals to respond flexibly to allophone women's needs and to offer care options that are safe and in accordance to their cultural values. Impact: Our results provide the foundation of tenable care of allophonic women and emphasize the importance of linguistic understanding in care quality.
Further description : This is the peer reviewed version which has been published in final form at []. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Midwifery (IHB)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-3205
ISSN: 0309-2402
Restricted until : 2020-07-01
Published as part of the ZHAW project : BRIDGE
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