Culture, religion and gender: considerations in facing migration related health inequalities in Italy

Access to care for immigrants in Italy

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Background. The presence in Italy of a significant foreign population (5-6 million including
both formally residents and not officially registered ones) introduces significant transformations in the Italian demography with important challenges on ensuring fundamental rights including work, education and above all, health.
Access to healthcare. Issues common to the entire migrant population concern the difficulty
of accessing the health system of the host country due to the lack of knowledge of its rules and its functioning, the linguistic and cultural barriers and the distrust towards a system that is not recognized as his own, as well as the difficulties and misunderstandings encountered in the relationship with health professionals. Religion, culture and gender may even increase these difficulties.
Conlusion and future perspective. Culture and religion should be taken into account when designing and implementing healthcare services and healthcare workers need to be trained in acknowledging these challenges. The National Health Service should become more sensitive to the increasing cultural and religious pluralism of patients starting with investing more in the training of health professionals.

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Claudio Giovannini - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Roma Largo Francesco Vito, 1, 00168 Roma RM

Leuconoe Grazia Sisti - National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (INMP), Rome, Italy

Raffaella Michieli - the Italian College of General Practice, Venice, Italy

Maria Augusta Angelucci - Azienda Ospedaliera S.Camillo Forlanini, Rome, Italy

Walter Ricciardi - Section of Hygiene and Public Health, Department of Life Sciences and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

Walter Malorni - Center for Global Health Research and Studies, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

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Giovannini, C., Sisti, L. G., Michieli, R., Angelucci, M. A., Ricciardi, W., & Malorni, W. . (2023). Culture, religion and gender: considerations in facing migration related health inequalities in Italy: Access to care for immigrants in Italy. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 59(3), 199–203. https://doi.org/10.4415/ANN_23_03_05
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