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Evidence Summary - What Works to Support Newcomers With Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses?

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What Works to Support Newcomers With Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses?

This research summary describes the state of available evidence regarding the impacts of interventions with newcomers with a disability or chronic illness.

The summary highlights that cultural adaptations and connections can significantly benefit newcomers with chronic illnesses by improving self-efficacy, health knowledge, and access to healthcare. Studies on community health navigators and cultural case workers show positive impacts on immigrants with chronic conditions, leading to enhanced quality of life, fewer symptoms, and greater knowledge of their conditions. Culturally adapted interventions have been notably successful among Korean-Americans with chronic diseases, emphasizing social inclusion. However, there is a lack of evidence regarding non-health-related interventions for newcomers with disabilities, particularly in areas like social services, housing, and employment.

Post TitleStrength of EvidenceType of StudyDirection of Evidence
Cultural case workers in child disability services: An evidence-based model of cultural responsiveness for refugee familiesSuggestiveSuggestive evidencePositive impact
Culturally tailored interventions of chronic disease targeting Korean Americans: A systematic reviewStrongSystematic reviewPositive impact
What is the scope of improving immigrant and ethnic minority healthcare using community navigators: A systematic scoping reviewStrongSystematic reviewPositive impact
A call for support for refugee families and their children with disabilitiesSuggestiveSuggestive evidenceN/A
A scoping review of needs and barriers to achieving a livable life among refugees with disabilities: Implications for future research, practice, and policyStrongSystematic reviewN/A
Access, accountability, and advocacy: Culturally and linguistically diverse families’ participation in IEP meetingsSuggestiveSuggestive evidenceN/A
Barriers to service access for immigrant families of children with developmental disabilities: A scoping reviewStrongSystematic reviewN/A
Capturing the essential: Revising the mental health categories in UNHCR’s refugee health information systemSuggestiveSuggestive evidencePositive impact
Challenges, coping, and resilience among immigrant parents caring for a child with a disability: An integrative reviewStrongSystematic reviewN/A
Experiences of refugee children living with disabilities: A systematic reviewStrongSystematic reviewN/A
Common health needs of refugees and migrants: Literature reviewSuggestiveLiterature reviewN/A
Self-reported disability among recently resettled refugees in the United States: Results from the national annual survey of refugeesSuggestiveSuggestive evidenceN/A

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