A history of trauma is common in refugee populations and appropriate treatment is frequently avoided. Using a convenience sample of 64 patients in a Somali primary care clinic, a culture and trauma specific intervention was developed to address retention into appropriate treatment. One goal of the intervention was to improve the rate of engagement in psychotherapy after a mental health referral and to test the effect of psychotherapy on health care utilization using a staged primary care clinical tool. Forty-eight percent of patients given a mental health referral engaged in psychotherapy. Patients engaging in psychotherapy had higher baseline utilization and over 12 months trended towards less emergency room use and more primary care. Our findings suggest that the intervention improved referral and retention in mental health therapy for East African refugee women.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health|
|State||Published - Oct 13 2015|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Authors received Grant support from Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation.
© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.
- Integrated care
- Political trauma
- Primary care
- Special populations