Syrian refugees' experiences with mental health services in Turkey: "I felt lonely because I wasn't able to speak to anyone"

DOĞAN N., Dikec G., Uygun E.

PERSPECTIVES IN PSYCHIATRIC CARE, vol.55, no.4, pp.673-680, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ppc.12400
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.673-680
  • Keywords: access to health service, health services, mental health, migration, refugees, IMMIGRANTS, MIGRATION
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose This study examined Syrian refugee adults' experiences with mental health services due to a mental complaint. Design and Methods This qualitative study used a phenomenological design. The data were collected in semi-structured focus group interviews between June and August 2018. A total of 24 individuals participated in the study. The data were analyzed using Colaizzi's method of phenomenological interpretation. Findings Seven themes were identified by thematic analysis of the interviews: (a) difficulties making appointments, (b) difficulties obtaining medicine, (c) personal rights, (d) lack of information, (e) language barrier, (f) discrimination, and (g) confidence versus anxiety. Practice Implications Nurses should be aware of the barriers experienced by refugees that affect the quality and accessibility of psychiatric services.