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Mental health and treatment response among Iraqi refugees as compared to other non-war exposed Arab immigrants: a pilot study in Southeast Michigan
Division of Occupational & Environmental Health, Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, ISSN 1556-2948, Vol. 8, no 4, 431-444 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examined the distribution of mental health disorders and treatment outcomes among Iraqi refugees as compared to nonrefugee Arab immigrants. Chart review data were obtained from 191 Iraqi refugees and 94 nonrefugees. There were no significant differences between refugees and nonrefugees in terms of major psychiatric disorders. However, treatment response, which was poor among the entire group, was significantly worse among Iraqi refugees. Although this is a pilot study, results suggest that treatment offered to refugees is far from effective, which has implications not only from a theoretical point of view but also in terms of health care policy and allocation of resources.

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2010. Vol. 8, no 4, 431-444 p.
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anxiety, depression, gender, high utilization, treatment effectiveness, stress, trauma
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176359DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2010.522470OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176359DiVA: diva2:534998
Available from: 2012-06-19 Created: 2012-06-19 Last updated: 2012-06-19Bibliographically approved

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