Taking care of minor migrants’ health: the professionals’ perception and training needs.

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Introduction. In Italy, minor migrants represent 21.8% of the non-EU citizens. The care
of minor migrants might be challenging as this population is characterized by higher
vulnerability and special needs. The study aim was to describe the perceptions on the
provision of care, the bio-psycho-social needs of migrant children and the professional
training needs.
Methods. The study is qualitative descriptive. In May 2019 three focus group, involving
health and social professionals, cultural mediators and NGOs operators, were organized.
Results. The study explored different areas of the provision of care to minor migrants including
bio-psycho-social needs, care provision, barriers to care and professionals’ training
needs.
Discussion and conclusions. The provision of care should consider the specific migration
journey and narrative. In some cases healthcare is fragmented, generating obstacles
to access especially in minors with lower levels of health literacy. Training plays a key role
in the development of cultural competence.

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Francesca Zambri - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy; Dipartimento di Biomedicina e Prevenzione, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” Rome, Italy

Francesca Marchetti - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy; Dipartimento di Biomedicina e Prevenzione, Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” Rome, Italy

Sofia Colaceci - Saint Camillus International University of Health and Medical Sciences (UniCamillus), Rome, Italy

Eva Benelli - Agenzia di Editoria Scientifica Zadig, partner nel progetto EU – VET, Rome, Italy

Debora Serra - Agenzia di Editoria Scientifica Zadig, partner nel progetto EU – VET, Rome, Italy

Marco Canevelli - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy Dipartimento di Neuroscienze Umane, Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Nicola Vanacore - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Angela Giusti - Centro Nazionale per la Prevenzione delle Malattie e la Promozione della Salute, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

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Zambri, F., Marchetti, F., Colaceci, S., Benelli, E., Serra, D., Canevelli, M., Vanacore, N., & Giusti, A. (2020). Taking care of minor migrants’ health: the professionals’ perception and training needs. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 56(4), 470-477. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/1079
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