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Mental health
Mental health services should acknowledge and respect refugee social and cultural values to increase update/use
  1. Hamza Alduraidi
  1. Community Health Nursing, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Hamza Alduraidi, Community Health Nursing, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; h.alduraidi{at}

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Commentary on: Fine SL, Kane JC, Spiegel PB, Tol WA, Ventevogel P. Ten years of tracking mental health in refugee primary healthcare settings: an updated analysis of data from UNHCR’s Health Information System (2009–2018). BMC Med. 2022 May 16;20(1):183. doi: 10.1186/s12916-022-02371-8.

Implications for practice and research

  • Mental health services are and better accepted and used when delivered to refugees in a manner that respects their cultural identity, acknowledges their priorities and addresses their barriers.

  • Innovative, culturally sensitive approaches of mental health service provision in refugee communities should be tried to enhance refugees’ acceptance and use.

  • Further research is needed, which focuses on refugees’ perceived barriers of service use.


Refugees often face unparalleled levels of hardship and massive heights of unrest.1 Symptoms of depression and …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.