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e-Health for Traumatized Refugees: A Scoping Review

Authors
 Soo Hyun Kim  ;  Kyoung-A Kim  ;  Jiwon Baek  ;  JiYeon Choi  ;  Sang Hui Chu 
Citation
 TELEMEDICINE AND E-HEALTH, Vol.29(5) : 635-645, 2023-05 
Journal Title
TELEMEDICINE AND E-HEALTH
ISSN
 1530-5627 
Issue Date
2023-05
MeSH
Humans ; Prevalence ; Refugees* / psychology ; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic* / diagnosis ; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic* / therapy ; Telemedicine*
Keywords
digital health ; e-health ; post-traumatic stress disorder ; refugee ; scoping review ; telemedicine
Abstract
Background: High prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is reported among refugees exposed to traumatic experiences, while escaping from their home country, entering a third country, and adjusting to a new society. Electronic health (e-health) treatments have been utilized to overcome challenges such as high costs, limited access to care, and a shortage of resources faced by traumatized refugees.

Objective: The aim of this scoping review was to summarize the current science on e-health to screen and treat PTSD in

traumatized refugees, examine its benefits and challenges, and suggest strategies for future research.

Methods: We conducted a scoping review guided by Arksey and O’Malley’s 6-stage scoping review framework.

Results: Of the 2,782 articles identified, 8 studies were included for the final analysis. Due to the heterogeneity of studies, the synthesis of results was not feasible. However, the findings of individual studies were examined. The most commonly used technology modality was the smartphone (n = 5). One study revealed the possibility of telephonic screening of PTSD to be equally efficacious as in-person screening, and all interventions through smartphone and the internet reported high feasibility and acceptability.

Conclusion: e-Health is suggested to be a novel and scalable platform to provide mental health care in settings with limited resources. Larger and highly robust studies in refugee populations with PTSD-targeted, theory-based approaches and diverse technological formats such as video conferencing and virtual reality are warranted.
Full Text
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/tmj.2022.0228
DOI
10.1089/tmj.2022.0228
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Choi, JiYeon(최지연) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1947-7952
Chu, Sang Hui(추상희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6877-5599
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/196177
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