Indigenous People’s experiences and expectations of health care professionals when accessing care for family violence: a qualitative evidence synthesis

Fiolet, Renee, Cameron, Jacqui, Tarzia, Laura, Gallant, David, Hameed, Mohajer, Hooker, Leesa, Koziol-McLain, Jane, Glover, Karen, Spangaro, Joanne and Hegarty, Kelsey 2020, Indigenous People’s experiences and expectations of health care professionals when accessing care for family violence: a qualitative evidence synthesis, Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1177/1524838020961879.

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Title Indigenous People’s experiences and expectations of health care professionals when accessing care for family violence: a qualitative evidence synthesis
Author(s) Fiolet, ReneeORCID iD for Fiolet, Renee orcid.org/0000-0001-5503-9875
Cameron, Jacqui
Tarzia, Laura
Gallant, David
Hameed, Mohajer
Hooker, Leesa
Koziol-McLain, Jane
Glover, Karen
Spangaro, Joanne
Hegarty, Kelsey
Journal name Trauma, Violence, & Abuse
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 1524-8380
1552-8324
Keyword(s) cultural contexts
family issues and mediators
family violence
indigenous health
intergenerational transmission of trauma
Social Sciences
Criminology & Penology
Family Studies
Social Work
INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
CULTURAL COMPETENCE
ABORIGINAL WOMEN
NEW-ZEALAND
RACISM
AUSTRALIA
BARRIERS
CHILDREN
DECISION
SYSTEMS
Summary Although many Indigenous peoples demonstrate resilience and strength despite the ongoing impact colonization has on their peoples, evidence suggests poor experiences and expectations of health care professionals and access to health care. Health care professionals play an essential role in responding to family violence (FV), yet there is a paucity of evidence detailing Indigenous people’s experiences and expectations of health care professionals in the context of FV. Using a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies, this article aims to address the following research question: What are Indigenous people’s experiences and expectations of health care professionals when experiencing FV? The inclusion criteria comprised a qualitative study design, Indigenous voices, and a focus on expectations and experiences of health care professionals when FV is experienced. Reviewers independently screened article abstracts, and the findings from included papers were subject to a thematic analysis. Six studies were included in the final meta-synthesis representing studies from Australia, the Americas, and New Zealand. Three themes were identified. Health care professionals need to center the Indigenous person in the care they provide and demonstrate cultural awareness of how history and culture influence an individual’s care requirements. Health care professionals also need to ensure they are connecting for trust with the Indigenous person, by slowly developing a rapport, yarning, and investing in the relationship. Finally, Indigenous peoples want their health care professional to work on strengthening safety from culturally inappropriate care, institutional control, and potential lack of confidentiality associated with tight-knit communities.
Notes OnlineFirst Article
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1524838020961879
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1607 Social Work
1701 Psychology
1801 Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143787

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