Barriers limiting access to healthcare among refugees or asylum seekers in Asia in the recent years: a scoping review 10.55131/jphd/2022/200117

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Zi Ying LIEW
Shin Yi LIM
Kar Hwa SHA
Wei Thing SZE


Over the years, the number of refugees that reside in Asian countries has been increasing. Many refugees that arrive are at risk of many diseases and comorbidities, for example, mental health diseases, trauma, malnutrition and many more. This scoping review aimed to explore the barriers faced by refugees or asylum seekers that limit their access to healthcare services in their host countries. Systematic searching was performed in PubMed and Science Direct databases to search for the relevant studies published in English from the year 2017 to the year 2020. Arksey and O’Malley’s methodology framework was adopted in this scoping review. Ten studies that addressed this topic were included. We found that lack of awareness of one’s rights to healthcare, communication, cultural differences and financial difficulties were reported as the key barriers faced by the refugees in accessing healthcare in the Asian host countries. Improvements in health promotion, communication, cultural support and financial support for the refugees settling in Asia must be urgently addressed.

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Ying LIEW Z, Yi LIM S, Hwa SHA K, Thing SZE W. Barriers limiting access to healthcare among refugees or asylum seekers in Asia in the recent years: a scoping review: 10.55131/jphd/2022/200117. J Public Hlth Dev [Internet]. 2022 Jan. 31 [cited 2024 Apr. 13];20(1):218-31. Available from:
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Zi Ying LIEW, Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University Kota Damansara, Jalan Teknologi 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University Kota Damansara, Jalan Teknologi 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Shin Yi LIM, Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University Kota Damansara, Jalan Teknologi 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University Kota Damansara, Jalan Teknologi 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Kar Hwa SHA, Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University Kota Damansara, Jalan Teknologi 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University Kota Damansara, Jalan Teknologi 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Wei Thing SZE, Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University Kota Damansara, Jalan Teknologi 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University Kota Damansara, Jalan Teknologi 47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia


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