Slipping through our fingers: A qualitative study into the barriers minority groups, with substance misuse problems, face accessing healthcare. From the perspective of health professionals working in Bergen, Norway.
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Non-native born populations with substance misuse problems are a minority group at high risk of neglect within healthcare systems. However, there is a paucity of existing research within Scandinavia looking at this issue. This study explores the perceptions of healthcare professionals working with this marginalized group in the city of Bergen, Norway. This is a qualitative research project involving nine one-to-one interviews with health professionals in a variety of addiction services. Analysis was made via qualitative content analysis. Findings suggest that hurdles to service access include: language, organization of services, co-existing health or social issues, along with lack of patient and staff information provision. This study did not find equitable services provision for this marginalized group. More qualitative research is needed into the views of minority addiction groups along with better epidemiological data to help guide appropriate service provision.