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Chris Frederix (2021)

Refugee minors suffer worse mental health compared to their peers. However, despite this many minors show resilience and develop well. In order to meet every child’s mental health needs there are several interventions for psychosocial care which require good collaboration between professionals working in schools, public health, social care, primary care and specialized mental health care who are involved all in improving psychosocial wellbeing of refugee children. Interprofessional collaboration therefor is important. This study aims to get insight into the experiences and wishes regarding interprofessional collaboration of the professionals involved in the care for psychosocial problems in refugees and their children.

Eleven semi‐structured interviews were conducted with social- and health care professionals. Participants were purposively sampled until theoretical data saturation was reached. Inductive coding and thematic analysis were carried out.

Most professionals were satisfied with the collaboration in general, however there are certain barriers. The facilitators indicated were knowing each other, good communication, drawing a common approach and clear division of tasks. The barriers mentioned were a lack of cultural sensitivity, not being informed by collaborating partners, privacy policies and mistakes in the approach of cases made in the past by collaboration partners. Professionals’ wishes were related to facilitators and barriers stated.

Professionals want to collaborate in order to deliver care tailored to the needs of the individual refugee minor. The (health) care professionals experience certain facilitators, for instance good communication. The professionals also experience certain barriers such as a lack of cultural sensitivity. The professionals want to maintain faciliating factors in future collaboration, for instance connecting easily. The (health) care professionals wish to communicate more often; for their partners to be educated on cultural sensitivity; and receive important updates about their patients or clients.

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