Challenges and lessons learned in mental health research among refugees: a community-based study in Turkey

Karadag O., KILIÇ C., KAYA E., ÜNER S.

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, vol.21, no.1, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s12889-021-11571-5
  • Journal Name: BMC PUBLIC HEALTH
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, MEDLINE, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Mental health, Trauma, Forced displacement, Refugee, Community-based research, Urban setting, POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER, HARVARD TRAUMA QUESTIONNAIRE, SYRIAN REFUGEES, HELP-SEEKING, PREVALENCE, INVENTORY, SYMPTOMS, TORTURE


Background: Turkey hosts nearly four million refugees and 99% live in urban areas. Research in urban settings pose different challenges and opportunities than research in refugee camps. In this article, we aimed to share the challenges and experiences we encountered in a mixed-methods study to assess mental health problems and barriers to accessing mental health care among refugees in urban areas of Turkey.