Perspectives of refugees and community pharmacists on refugees’ healthcare situation in Lebanon: Implication on pharmacy education and workforce

Authors

  • Nisreen Mourad School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon
  • Lidia Mourad School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon & My Pharmacy, Bekaa, Lebanon
  • Racha Mourtada PharmaBella, Baalbek, Lebanon
  • Mohamed Hendaus School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon
  • Marwan El Akel School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon & INSPECT-LB: Institut National de Santé Publique, Épidémiologie Clinique et Toxicologie-Liban, Beirut, Lebanon & International Pharmaceutical Federation, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Mohamad Rahal School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon
  • Samar Younes School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.895903

Keywords:

Community, Health, Perspectives, Pharmacist, Pharmacy education, Refugee

Abstract

Background: Pharmacists serve on the frontline of healthcare provision for refugees. This study aimed to explore (1) Syrian refugees’ healthcare status from the perspectives of the refugees and Lebanese community pharmacists; (2) refugees’ barriers to healthcare access; and (3) the challenges pharmacists encounter in the provision of healthcare.  

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted during July-August 2019 in Bekaa Region. Syrian refugees and Lebanese community pharmacists anonymously completed two different questionnaires. SPSS Statistics Version 22.0 was used to analyse the data.  

Results: A total of 671 refugees and 103 pharmacists responded to the questionnaires. The responding refugees and pharmacists identified the inability to afford physician and drug fees as the primary and secondary barriers to healthcare access for refugees; while health illiteracy was the primary challenge identified by the responding pharmacists when providing care to refugees.    

Conclusion: Addressing the determinants of health will reduce healthcare barriers and challenges substantially, thus fostering overall improvements in the health of Syrian refugees.

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2022-10-22

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Mourad, N., Mourad, L., Mourtada, R., Hendaus, M., El Akel , M., Rahal, M., & Younes, S. (2022). Perspectives of refugees and community pharmacists on refugees’ healthcare situation in Lebanon: Implication on pharmacy education and workforce. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 895–903. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.895903

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