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Romani Women and Health. The Need for a Cultural Safety-Based Approach

Version 1 : Received: 27 December 2021 / Approved: 28 December 2021 / Online: 28 December 2021 (10:02:07 CET)

How to cite: Plaza del Pino, F.J.; Arrogante, O.; Gallego-Gómez, J.I.; Simonelli-Muñoz, A.J.; Castro de Luna, G.M.; Jiménez-Rodríguez, D. Romani Women and Health. The Need for a Cultural Safety-Based Approach. Preprints 2021, 2021120442 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0442.v1). Plaza del Pino, F.J.; Arrogante, O.; Gallego-Gómez, J.I.; Simonelli-Muñoz, A.J.; Castro de Luna, G.M.; Jiménez-Rodríguez, D. Romani Women and Health. The Need for a Cultural Safety-Based Approach. Preprints 2021, 2021120442 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0442.v1).

Abstract

The Romani are the main European ethnic minority. The Romani people’s situation of social vulnerability and their difficulties in accessing the health system, make their health indicators worse than those of the non-Romani population. The present study will delve into the health beliefs and experiences with health services and their professionals through the perspectives of Romani women. In this qualitative study, 16 women of different ages were interviewed in a city located in the South of Spain. Four themes emerged from the analysis of data: the construction of the identity of Romani women, difficulties in life, health and disease beliefs and barriers in the access to the health system. We conclude that every project for the improvement of the health of the Romani community must take into account the active participation of Romani women and must consider the principles of Cultural Safety, by delving into the intercultural training of health professionals and addressing the social determinants of health which affect the Romani collective.

Keywords

Women; Romani; Health; Cultural Safety; Cultural Competence

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Other

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