Objectives The study was conducted to assess the health needs of urban refugees living in Istanbul. Methods A mixed methods approach was adopted to interview Syrian women from households, doctors, decision makers and NGO representatives. The data were collected between June and October 2015. Results The main challenges were the cost of living in Istanbul, increased rent and language barrier. Almost half (49.6%) of the interviewed women did not know about free health care rights for Syrians. In the last 30 days preceding the interview, 58.6% of the participants sought health care primarily through state hospitals, primary health care centres and pharmacies. The participants had difﬁculty in accessing health care due to the language barrier and a lack of knowledge of the Turkish health care system. Waiting time at hospitals and negative attitudes of health care staff reduced satisfaction in these services. Conclusions In relation to life in Turkey, the main issues for Syrian refugees were not directly related to health. They have been given the right to access health care, although had many difﬁculties in understanding and accessing services in a crowded city. Keywords Health needs assessment Refugee Syrian Turkey Introduction legislation aims to ensure
International Journal of Public Health – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 9, 2018
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