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Refugee patients


A range of challenges face the GP in treating patients with a refugee background. Cultural and language factors might complicate what is already a complex picture of physical and psychological health for these patients. It is not surprising that GPs report an urgent need for further education in the area of refugee health, particularly in regard to mental health issues.1 Training in this area can bolster GPs’ skills and confidence, allowing for more effective treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.