It Takes a Village: Perspectives from a Multidisciplinary Team Addressing the Needs of HIV+ Refugees in Canada
This study explored the perspectives of a multidisciplinary team at an HIV clinic in Canada mandated with addressing the diverse needs experienced by their HIV+ refugee clients. Specifically, the study sought to identify barriers and facilitators to effective service provision for refugee persons living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) in the context of a multidisciplinary team. Data were acquired using qualitative methods. Individual interviews were conducted with a sample of seven service providers who work directly with HIV+ refugees on a multidisciplinary team at an HIV clinic in Canada. Respondents identified a need for improved community services for HIV+ refugees, specifically legal aid and service from immigration doctors and pharmacies.
Cultural and linguistic issues also shaped respondents’ work with refugees; suggestions for addressing these issues included HIV-related and culturally competent training. Implications for policy, practice, and research are included.
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