The Festive Period & Book Review: Primary Care to Migrant Health

By | 7th December 2018

It is that time of year again where hopefully, work such as research starts to settle down and the festive build up begins. Part of this includes getting the decorations out, eating and drinking more than you probably should and finding the time to sit by the fire and read a good book. Ideally you want to avoid work-related reading and have a proper break, however, with the steady stream of good health care books out there, here is a review that may influence your christmas shopping!



Review by Alissa S. Caskey, Concordia University of Edmonton


Book Review: Access to Primary Care and Preventative Health Services of Migrants

Access to Primary Care and Preventative Health Services of Migrants
Edited by Aldo Rosano; Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2018;
108 Pages, 41,64 €, ISBN 978-3-319-73630-3

The authors of Access to Primary Care and Preventative Health Services of Migrants provide an in-depth assessment of the barriers that migrants encounter in the healthcare system. Editor Aldo Rosano, a senior researcher at the national institute of health in Rome, Italy, uses his comprehensive background of research and culture to exemplify his findings. With little previous known publication on healthcare access for migrants, this first edition covers many relevant areas in great detail, with experts in all areas being involved. The book is aimed to increase awareness of unequal access to preventive measures such as cancer screening programs and virus vaccinations for those who are not nationals. Aldo Rosano addresses the socio-economical differences in lifestyles, that lead to social exclusion on minority groups. The public health concerns addressed by Rosano demonstrate the areas that need to be improved in Europe. Such as attitudes of health care professionals, and the lack of targeted policies in place for minorities. This edition consists of the most recent data collections of the obstacles in healthcare interventions. Therefore, healthcare professionals and policy makers would benefit greatly from the information provided throughout the text.

The literature’s intent is to provide tools for policymakers and increase knowledge in regards to equality for migrants. Therefore, the book is composed of nine chapters, each devoted to a single topic regarding migrant’s equality in the healthcare system. The introduction of the text provides the reader with great detail and background knowledge of preventative healthcare and introduces the main topics at large. Since the introduction is written in such detail, the following chapters flow with relevant information, consistently tying into the introduction. Overall, the structure and tone of the text is highly informative and supported by research, which gives the editor credibility. However, it also institutionalizes the material causing it to be preserved as monotonous. Nonetheless, the text analyzes and explores all areas that migrants experience resistance in regards to primary access to healthcare. Such as access to childhood vaccinations and screening, the proven and policy gaps between what is required and what is provided in care for migrants and members of the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Trans-Queer-Plus community. Along with concerns about the quality of care being provided for migrants, and the economic restrictions based on policies. The objective of the text is to help improve the current situation that migrants are faced within the healthcare system.

Throughout the book, the content of the text continues to address relevant issues in interpersonal care. By addressing interventions for migrants, health-related, and beliefs that stem from cultural and language barriers. Along with stating legal status and economic restrictions that influence the type of care migrants to receive. The book provides an eye-opening perspective of the healthcare and legal systems. Which provides the reader with the knowledge and skills to create necessary changes in these systems.