Barriers to healthcare for travellers identified

Low expectations, poor service experience and communication problems are barriers to travellers' healthcare access, according to award-winning nurse research.

Project Gypsies and travellers accessing primary healthcare: interactions with health staff and requirements for ‘culturally-safe’ services explores the barriers which prevent travelling communities in England from accessing healthcare services.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: ‘This research offers a valuable insight which could provide a real opportunity to improve the health prospects of this often socially excluded group.’

Dr Patrice Van Cleemput won the Akinsaya Award 2009 for Innovation in Doctoral scholarship in Nursing at last week’s 2009 RCN International Nursing Research Conference.

  • How could travellers’ access to healthcare be improved?

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