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Qualitative Health Research 2009 Conference Abstracts

International Institute for Qualitative Methodology


QHR2009 Program with abstracts2 091231 International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8(4) The 15th International Interdisciplinary Conference October 4–6, Vancouver, Canada Qualitative Health Research Abstracts International Journal of Qualitative Methods Volume 8, Issue 4 December 2009 2009 Qualitative Health Research Conference Abstracts 2 Oral Presentations, 3 Posters 33 Symposia 46 Author Index 52 Table of Contents International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8(4) 3 Health Communication Experiences in an Arab Community in British Columbia Hana Al-Banay University of British Columbia This study examines the intercultural barriers Arab immi- grants encounter when they access the Canadian health system. It was based on 25 individual interviews with Arab immigrants residing in Victoria, British Columbia. Participants were selected by snowball sampling from the Greater Victoria Arab community. Thematic analysis was used to identify four themes from the interview data: the basic philosophy underlying the Canadian health system, gender sensitivity issues, social support networks, and trust between Arab patients and Canadian doctors. The theoretical background of the analyzed data was under- lined by the theory of a culture-centered approach. This egalitarian approach enhanced its rigor in this study by allowing the participants to provide suggestions for im- proving the level of cultural sensitivity in the health care system. Dental Health Needs of New Immigrant and Refugee Children Maryam Amin University of Alberta Children of immigrant and refugees have higher rates of dental decay and lower rates of dental visits than Cana- dian-born children. A community-based participatory study has been conducted in collaboration with Multicul- tural Health Brokers Co-operative and Alberta Employ- ment and Immigration to explore the den

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