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An exploration of the experience of accessing primary health care for people with schizophrenia Hamaguchi, Christina


People with schizophrenia have been found to experience health inequities that lead to early morbidity and mortality. Primary health care is an approach to reducing health inequities for individuals with schizophrenia. The purpose of this study was to examine what it is like for individuals with schizophrenia when they access primary health care. Exploring these experiences from the client perspective highlighted areas in which change is needed to improve access. This study used a qualitative methodology, specifically interpretive description, to analyze the data from 6 in-depth interviews with individuals with schizophrenia. The results indicate a need to address the multiple effects of stigma, the importance of considering physical and mental health care holistically, and the need to acknowledge and address the multiple losses that individuals with mental illness experience.

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