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To be an immigrant and a patient in Sweden: A study with an individualised perspective

Author(s): Elisabeth Björk Brämberg | Maria Nyström

Journal: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-Being
ISSN 1748-2623

Volume: 5;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Ethnicity | Gadamer | hermeneutics | Ricoeur | transcultural health

The aim is to describe how experiences of being an immigrant can influence the situation when becoming a patient in Swedish health care. A hermeneutic approach was used. Sixteen persons born in non-Nordic countries were interviewed. The data was analysed with an empirical hermeneutical method. The findings indicate that positive experiences (i.e., establishing oneself in a new home country) enhance the possibilities of taking part in caring situations and vice versa. Hence, there is a need for individually adapted care that takes one's whole life situation into consideration. Consequently, it is suggested that the concept, “cultural competence” merely serves the purpose of illuminating caregivers’ need for categorisation. It does not illuminate individual needs in a caring situation.
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