Romani Women and Health: The Need for a Cultural-Safety Based Approach
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Author/sPlaza del Pino, Fernando; Arrogante, Oscar; Gallego-Gómez, Juana Inés; Simonelli Muñoz, Agustín Javier; Castro De Luna, Gracia María; [et al.]
The Romani are the main European ethnic minority. The Romani people’s situation of social vulnerability and their difficulties accessing the health system make their health indicators worse than those of the non-Romani population. The present study will delve into health beliefs, and experiences with health services and professionals, through the perspectives of Romani women. In this qualitative study, 16 women of different ages were interviewed in a city located in the South of Spain. Four themes emerged from the analysis of the data: the construction of the identity of Romani women, difficulties in life, health and disease beliefs and barriers to accessing the health system. We conclude that every project for the improvement of the health of the Romani community must take into account the active participation of Romani women and must consider the principles of Cultural Safety, by delving into the intercultural training of health professionals and addressing the social determinants of...