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The confidence in health care and social services in northern Sweden: a comparison between reindeer-herding Sami and the non-Sami majority population
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry. (Arcum)
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 40, no 6, 516-522 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aims: To investigate the confidence in primary health care, psychiatry and social services among the reindeer-herding Sami and the non-Sami population of northern Sweden. Methods: A semi-randomized, cross-sectional study design comprising 325 reindeer-herding Sami (171 men, 154 women) and a control population of 1,437 non-Sami (684 men, 753 women). A questionnaire on the confidence in primary health care, psychiatry, social services, and work colleagues was distributed to members of reindeer-herding families through the Sami communities and to the control population through the post. The relative risk for poor confidence was analyzed by calculating odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals adjusted for age and level of education. Results: The confidence in primary health care and psychiatry was significantly lower among the reindeer-herding Sami compared with the control group. No differences were found between men and women in the reindeer-herding Sami population. In both the reindeer-herding Sami and the control population, younger people (<= 48 years) reported significantly lower confidence in primary health care than older individuals (>48 years). Conclusions: A conceivable reason for the poor confidence in health care organizations reported by the reindeer-herding Sami is that they experience health care staff as poorly informed about reindeer husbandry and Sami culture, resulting in unsuitable or unrealistic treatment suggestions. The findings suggest that the poor confidence constitutes a significant obstacle of the reindeer-herding Sami to fully benefit from public health care services.

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2012. Vol. 40, no 6, 516-522 p.
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Confidence, primary health care, psychiatry, reindeer herding, Sami, social services
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61221DOI: 10.1177/1403494812453971ISI: 000308652100002OAI: diva2:565644
Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-11-07 Last updated: 2016-08-18Bibliographically approved

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