Enhancing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller peoples’ trust: using maternity and early years’ health services and dental health services as exemplars of mainstream service provision

Alison McFadden (Lead / Corresponding author), Lindsay Siebelt, Cath Jackson, Helen Jones, Nicola Innes, Stephen MacGillivray, Kerry Bell, Belen Corbacho, Anna Gavine, Haggi Michael Haggi, Karl Atkin

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Abstract

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (GRT) are socially excluded groups where evidence for improving health is weakest. Although GRT communities are diverse, and robust evidence of health needs is lacking, there is consensus that GRT in the UK have poorer health and lower life expectancy than the general population and other disadvantaged groups. Reasons why GRT are vulnerable to poor health outcomes include poor living conditions, high rates of homelessness, low educational achievement, social exclusion, widespread prejudice and discrimination and barriers to accessing healthcare. These multiple factors, alongside poor quality care that does not meet needs, may lead to low expectations and mistrust of health services. Trust in services and personnel is associated with increased utilisation of healthcare, improved health behaviours and quality of care. Community engagement strategies have the potential to enhance trust and ensure services are tailored to the needs of specific populations. This multi-component study aimed to strengthen evidence on how to improve uptake and delivery of health services and thereby reduce health inequalities for GRT.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDundee
PublisherUniversity of Dundee
Number of pages231
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Gypsy/Traveller
  • Trust
  • Community engagement
  • Roma
  • Maternity services
  • Early years' services
  • Child dental health services

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    Gypsy, Roma and Traveller access to and engagement with health services: a systematic review

    McFadden, A., Siebelt, L., Gavine, A., Atkin, K., Bell, K., Innes, N., Jones, H., Jackson, C., Haggi, H. M. & MacGillivray, S., 1 Feb 2018, In : European Journal of Public Health. 28, 1, p. 74-81 8 p.

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    Managing Barriers to Gypsy and Traveller Engagement With Dental Services

    Ainine, S., Rutter, J., McFadden, A., Haggi, H. M., Atkin, K., Bell, K., Gavine, A., Jones, H., MacGillivray, S., Siebelt, L. & Innes, N., 24 Mar 2017.

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  • Use of UK health services by Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers: triangulation of two mixed methods studies

    Siebelt, L., Jackson, C., McFadden, A., Dyson, L. & Atkin, K., Nov 2017, In : Lancet. 390, S81, p. 81 1 p.

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    Activities

    • 2 Public engagement and outreach - work on advisory panels
    • 1 Invited talk

    Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

    Alison McFadden (Member)

    18 Apr 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - work on advisory panels

    Scottish Government Ministerial Working Group on Gypsy/Travellers

    Alison McFadden (Member)

    12 Dec 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - work on advisory panels

    Engaging and building trust with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller women in the perinatal period

    Alison McFadden (Speaker)

    6 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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