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Title: Imperfections of a perfect state: a social policy analysis of the provisions of maternal health services in Norway: a case study on Stavanger
Authors: Mehrara, Lydia
Orientador: Young, Susan
Keywords: Maternal health
Migrant women
Social policy
Social work
Issue Date: 9-Jun-2017
Citation: MEHARARA, Lydia - Imperfections of a perfect state: a social policy analysis of the provisions of maternal health services in Norway: a case study on Stavanger [Em linha]. Stavanger: Universidade de Stavanger, 2017. Dissertação de mestrado. [Consult. Dia Mês Ano] Disponível em www:<>.
Abstract: The increasing ethno-cultural diversity in European societies has posed new challenges for their health and welfare systems. As of January 2017, migrants constitute 16.8% of Norway’s total population (Statistics Norway, 2017). Studies show that despite the availability of maternal care and legal migrant women’s right to access reproductive health services in most European countries, including Norway, migrant women have been found to exhibit different perinatal outcomes, and patterns of antenatal care utilization compared to non-migrant women (Dejin-Karlsson & Östergren, 2004; Rechel et al., 2011c). Migrants are affected by an array of challenges that might act as barriers to attaining good health outcomes, even in an egalitarian society like Norway. Socio-economic inequalities are the most prominent issues discussed in policy for addressing barriers to access. Although they are important they tend to overshadow more nuanced factors such as linguistic and/ or ethno-cultural barriers for targeting inequalities. My literature search revealed that there is an inadequate body of research exploring the effects of more implicit and informal social determinants such as ethnicity and culture linked to migrant health. Although some studies acknowledged them as determining factors, none analyzed or evaluated how they have been addressed in policy. Thereof, it became the aim of this study to contribute to this knowledge gap by exploring: 1. How has health policy in Norway recognized and addressed barriers that affect migrant and refugee women’s access to Maternal Health services? 2. How have these policies enabled accessibility and acceptability of Maternal Health services to migrant and refugee women?
Peer reviewed: yes
Designation: Mestrado em Erasmus Mundus em Serviço Social com Famílias e Crianças
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