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