aMASE: Advancing Migrant Access to health Services in Europe

About aMASE

People from all over the world use health services in the UK. People born abroad are more likely to seek help at health services when they are very ill and this can be very bad for their health. To find out what stops some people from coming to health services earlier researchers from across Europe have come together to carry out a survey. With this information we will be able to improve services for all people who use health services in Europe.


Who is organising and funding this research?

This research is funded by the European Union. It is being undertaken by researchers from University College London and the Institute of Health Carlos III in Spain. Dr Fiona Burns is responsible for the project in the UK and all the data. Ethical approval for the study has been obtained from The London Bentham Research Ethics Committee

Who should take part?

We need people who are living outside their country of birth to tell us their experiences of health services so we can know what’s good, what’s bad and what can be improved. We're looking for people who are over 16 and planning to live where they are currently staying for longer than 6 months. Participation is entirely voluntary.  Those who  decide to take part an print out an  information sheet to keep. They  will be asked to tick a box at the beginning of the questionnaire to say that they agree to taking part. If a person changes their mind at any time they can simply close the questionnaire.

What does taking part involve?

Taking part involves filling in a questionnaire about using health services. Pariticpants will also be asked personal questions (for example, sexual behaviour, and injection drug use). The questionnaire should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Some of the questions are very personal. Any question that participants really do not wish to answer, or feel they cannot answer, can be missed out.

Will the information be kept safe?

Yes. All information will be kept strictly confidential. We do not ask any identifying data in the questionnaireso you will not be recognised from your answers. All answers that given are anonymous and will be kept securely.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results will be shared with migrant communities across Europe, the health services and organisations committed to the health and wellbeing of migrant communities. They will also be written up for publication in academic journals. 

For more information about EuroCoord go to www.eurocoord.net

To find out more about aMASE or to complete the survey visit www.amase.eu

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