An exploration of health seeking behaviours among Nigerian Christians in the UK: towards enhanced health services utilisation

Onyigbuo, Chineme and Alexis-Garsee, Camille and van den Akker, Olga (2016) An exploration of health seeking behaviours among Nigerian Christians in the UK: towards enhanced health services utilisation. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 19 (3). pp. 255-267. ISSN 1367-4676

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Abstract

Migration from different cultures carries with it some acclimatisation challenges. This study explored various health-seeking behaviours and potential barriers to healthcare utilisation among Nigerian Christians in the UK. This qualitative study involved 10 adult male and female participants, with both interviews and focus group discussion (FG) for data collection (Interviews: n = 4, FG: n = 6). Thematic analysis revealed that religious and cultural beliefs were barriers to healthcare utilisation. The implication is that further research on cultural matching between care providers and service users is needed; where religious leaders and health providers from Nigeria can influence health decisions among this migrant community. Limitations of the current study are discussed, with directions for further research identified.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 21095
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mental Health, Religion & Culture on 15/03/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13674676.2016.1166357
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Depositing User: Olga Van Den akker
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 17:00
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:26
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21095

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