Asian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Online ISSN : 1347-3484
Print ISSN : 1347-3476
ISSN-L : 1347-3476
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Recognition and Intervention of Rehabilitation Professionals Handling the Health Conditions of Syrian Refugees with Disabilities in Jordan
Seiji YamamotoTakuma AmariHiroya Matsuo
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2020 年 16 巻 1 号 p. 11-18

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In Jordan, situated to the south of Syria, some 671,919 Syrians are registered as refugees with the UNHCR. Twenty-eight percent of the refugees have some kind of disorder. However, there are no studies regarding the Recognition and Intervention of Rehabilitation Professionals Handling the Health Conditions of Syrian Refugees with Disabilities (Person with Disabilities: PWDs) in Jordan. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to understand the challenges experienced by rehabilitation professionals who were providing rehabilitation services to Syrian refugee with disabilities through semi-structured interviews. The subjects of the study were Fifteen participants. Constant comparative analyses method was performed to assess them. As a result, the recognition and intervention of rehabilitation professionals who work with PWDs in Jordan were categorized under four main themes: 【Deterioration of PWDs' health conditions】, 【Lack of rehabilitation programs】, 【Difficulties in continuously providing rehabilitation to PWDs in urban areas】, and 【Forthcoming challenges facing rehabilitation programs by community-based organizations】. The study identified that rehabilitation professionals provided outpatient rehabilitation, home-visit rehabilitation and provision orthosis to PWDs. They also recognized the difficulties PWDs faced in accessing health care due to poverty, the spread of disuse syndrome, and the lack of caregivers in PWDs' families. However, the prevention of disuse syndrome, the provision of nursing care methods, and the intervention of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) were not mentioned as future challenges. Therefore, it is essential that rehabilitation professionals conduct prevention of disuse syndrome, provide intervention for ADL.

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