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|Title:||A MIXED METHODS INQUIRY INTO INFLUENCES ON IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S POSTPARTUM MENTAL HEALTH AND ACCESS TO SERVICES|
|Keywords:||Postpartum depression;Immigrant women;Health service accessibility;Health inequities|
|Abstract:||Immigrant women are at greater risk for postpartum depression (PPD) compared to non-immigrant women and experience multiple barriers to accessing health services to address their needs. This mixed method study explored the multi-level factors that contribute to the postpartum mental health of immigrant women in Canada and their ability to access requisite health services. In the quantitative phase, data from a longitudinal prospective cohort survey of women were used to examine predictors of PPD over the first postpartum year for a sample of women who delivered at two hospitals in Toronto, Ontario. In the qualitative phase, an interpretive descriptive design shaped by an integrated knowledge translation approach was used to understand the factors immigrant women living in Scarborough, Ontario (a region of Toronto) perceive as contributing to their postpartum emotional health and the factors immigrant women and care providers perceive as influencing access to health services. Across quantitative and qualitative findings, factors contributing to PPD among immigrant women included a lack of social support, individual and community-level challenges faced in terms of the social health determinants, physical health status, and client-provider relationships. Factors contributing to reduced access to health services included: lack of system knowledge, social health determinants, organizational and system barriers, limited access to treatment, and a need for service integration and system navigation support. Immigrant women in Canada experience numerous health inequities that increase their risk for PPD and v prevent them from accessing service supports to address PPD concerns. The Canadian health care system needs to be responsive to individual needs in order to facilitate equitable access and address the health needs of Canadian immigrant women and their families. The diversity and proportion of immigrants in Canada calls for a linguistically and culturally supportive health care system with a strategic approach to enhancing accessibility to address health inequities.|
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