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Syrian refugees and digital health in Lebanon: Opportunities for improving antenatal health
Newcastle University.
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2016 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There are currently over 1.1 million Syrian refugees in need of healthcare services from an already overstretched Lebanese healthcare system. Access to antenatal care (ANC) services presents a particular challenge. We conducted focus groups with 59 refugees in rural Lebanon to identify contextual and cultural factors tha t can inform the design of digital technologies to support refugee ANC. Previously identified high utilization of smartphones by the refugee population offers a particular opportunity for using digital technology to support access to ANC as well as health advocacy. Our findings revealed a number of considerations that should be taken into account in the design of refugee ANC technologies, including: refugee health beliefs and experiences, literacy levels, refugee perceptions of negative attitudes of healthcare providers, and hierarchal and familial structures.

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2016.
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Antenatal health, digital health, Lebanon, maternal health, refugees, Syria
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Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-222537DOI: 10.1145/2858036.2858331ISBN: 978-1-4503-3362-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-222537DiVA, id: diva2:1350914
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Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 7-12, 2016, San Jose
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QC 20191030

Available from: 2019-09-12 Created: 2019-09-12 Last updated: 2019-10-30Bibliographically approved

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