Perspectives of primary health care providers on migrant patients’ adherence to TB treatment

  • Sónia Dias
  • Ana Maria Tavares
  • Ana Gama
  • Ana Cristina Garcia
Keywords: qualitative approach; semi-structured interview; Tuberculosis; treatment; migrants; health care providers.

Abstract

This study aimed to explore health care providers’ perspectives about migrant patients’ adherence to TB treatment and related factors, and debate on the value of using a qualitative research approach in a health topic traditionally researched through quantitative methods. The study was conducted through individual semi-structured interviews with 17 health care providers working on TB healthcare services in Lisbon. This qualitative approach allowed us to gain a clearer insight into the migrants’ adherence to TB treatment and related factors as expressed by health care providers. The use of a qualitative approach in this study had several advantages, but also some limitations. Globally, the use of a qualitative approach in this study contributed to produce rich, relevant and useful knowledge that may be helpful to inform health policies and good practices for the promotion of TB-treatment adherence among a most vulnerable population like migrants.

 

Published
2018-09-20