Close menu


Sunderland Repository records the research produced by the University of Sunderland including practice-based research and theses.

Afghan refugees’ experience of Iran’s health service delivery

Heydari, Abbas, Amiri, Rana, Nayeri, Nahid Dehghan and AboAli, Vedadhir (2016) Afghan refugees’ experience of Iran’s health service delivery. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 9 (2). pp. 75-85. ISSN 2056-4902

Item Type: Article


The purpose of this paper is to explore experiences of Afghan refugees from health service delivery in Mashhad, Iran.

This is a descriptive study with contextual and qualitative design. Semi-structured interview conducted with 19 Afghan refugees and their caregivers and a focus group session were held with Afghan medical science students. Purposive sampling technique was used to select participants. Data were analysed by qualitative content analysis of Graneheim and Lundman. Lincoln and Guba’s criteria were implemented to ensure trustworthiness.

The results with the core concept of “position of immigrants in the health system” were presented at four themes of “perceived discrimination”, “snowed with loneliness”, “feeling inferior”, and “gratitude”.

Research limitations/implications
This study has some implications for researchers and practitioners. The present study is the first study that was done on the health of Afghan refugees in Iran, therefore it can be a ground for further research. In addition, it has valuable results regarding the Afghan immigrants’ experience of health care system of Iran.

Practical implications
It can be useful for improving the condition of immigrants in Iran and for improving Iran’s health system. In order to improve the health system in Iran, authorities should pay much attention to transcultural caring and needs of minorities. Furthermore, health workers should be trained to appropriately take care of all patients, without prejudice.

Overall the study revealed that there is inequity in access to health services among Afghan refugees in Iran. The findings, although not generalized, offer important insights into health care providers in Iran which should be delivering health service without prejudice. The authors recommended that policies of public medical insurance and assistance programme should be implemented for providing affordable health care services for Afghan refugees.

Full text not available from this repository.

More Information

Related URLs:
Depositing User: Rana Amiri


Item ID: 15483
Identification Number:
ISSN: 2056-4902
Official URL:

Users with ORCIDS

ORCID for Rana Amiri: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2022 15:00
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2022 15:00


Author: Rana Amiri ORCID iD
Author: Abbas Heydari
Author: Nahid Dehghan Nayeri
Author: Vedadhir AboAli

University Divisions

Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Sciences > Health Sciences
Sciences > Nursing

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item