Telemedicine: Bridging the Gap between Refugee Health and Health Services Accessibility in Hamilton, Ontario
Keywords:Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, telemedicine, telehealth, health services, accessibility, refugees
Refugees face considerable challenges upon seeking asylum in Canada, and accessing health care services remains a prominent issue. Recurrent themes in the literature outlining barriers to health-services accessibility include geographic, economic, and cultural barriers. Drawing on the experiences of service providers in Hamilton, Ontario, we explored the efficacy of telemedicine services in bridging the gap between refugee health and health services accessibility. Research methodology included structured interviews with clinicians who provide health-care services to refugees, complemented by a scoping literature review. The results of this exploratory study demonstrate the efficacy of telemedicine in encouraging dialogue and policy change in the greater health-care setting, and its potential to increase access to specialist health-care services.
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Copyright (c) 2016 Anthony Robert Sandre, K. Bruce Newbold
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