Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The state of health of Roma in Nagykálló ]

ARATÓ Miklósné

OCTOBER 30, 2013

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2013;26(05)

[Aim of the study: To assess the unique lifestyle characteristics and state of health of the Roma minority living in a closed community. The author assumed that the Roma have a different attitude towards their own health and to the healthcare supply system. Sample and method: At the Sántha Kálmán Mental Health Centre and Specialist Hospital, in May 2012 a unique blood donation day was organised for the Roma population. As a part of the program, besides the medical tests, a questionnaire-based survey was conducted. (N=100) The author processed the data using Microsoft Excel, and presented the results with descriptive statistical methods. Results: Of the more than 100 who volunteered, 38 were able to give blood. Among the respondents the majority of women were aged 41-50 years (39%), and most of the men were in the 31-40 age bracket. More than half of the respondents (57%) consume alcohol regularly or occasionally, while 47% of them smoke. Some 39% of those surveyed consider their own state of health to be bad. Some 56% of the respondents are satisfied with the provision of healthcare, despite the fact that almost half of them have experienced some kind of discrimination during their care. Conclusions: The bad state of health of the Roma is related to the lower quality of life, the low level of education, alcohol consumption and smoking. The Roma are aware of the screening tests and consider them important; indeed, some of them also regularly give blood, but the communication targeting them is not effective. The Roma population experience discrimination more frequently then the other members of society. It is imperative that training in tolerance towards the Roma be incorporated into healthcare education. It is also necessary to improve the supportive relationship with healthcare. One means of achieving this could be the inclusion of Roma in healthcare efforts.]

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