Moderator of 3 Sessions
Session organised by the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG), the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) primary care working group and the General practice Research on Infections Network (GRIN)
Round Table by the European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC)
Presenter of 2 Presentations
MENTAL DISTRESS IN MIGRANTS: HOW TO SUPPORT THEM IN TIMES OF CORONA
Migrants suffer disproportionally from the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, often worsening their living and working conditions. This has resulted in high levels of mental distress. Existing disparities in accessing healthcare, including different entitlements to care, and psychosocial support are exacerbated rather than facilitated by remote care consultations. Lack of understandable, translated information exacerbates barriers. GPs, already experiencing a high workload and their own work-related mental health issues, often find it hard support the mental health of their patients in these conditions, and identifying and utilizing all resources available to them .
Aim and learning objectives
The aim is to support family practices in meeting the mental health needs of their migrant patients in the new circumstances.
Increased knowledge of the mental health of migrants; enhancing and deteriorating factors like the impact of the pandemic and of unconscious bias in health care professionals
Increased awareness of unconscious bias within healthcare professionals and the wider community, and of the need to use professionals interpreters
Increased knowledge of existing tools and information to support migrants and professionals
Methods and timetable
Short presentations (in total 30 minutes) will be combined with two small group discussions in break-out rooms (40 minutes) with plenary discussion (20 minutes).An interactive element will be used during the presentations to elicit participant responses on one key statement from every presenter.
Proposed results and outcomes
Participants will have a higher level of awareness of their own biases, more insight and knowledge of the mental health of migrants and ways to support their migrant patients.