Service evaluation of the english refugee health information system: Considerations and recommendations for effective resettlement

Thomas James Dunn*, Annabel Browne, Steven Haworth, Fatima Wurie, Ines Campos-Matos

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Since 2015, the UK has resettled over 25,000 refugees. To support resettlement and integra-tion, refugees undergo a pre-arrival medical health assessment (MHA), which is used for healthcare planning by local government in England. This study aimed to understand the utility and effec-tiveness of the MHA and flow of data to support resettlement planning. Seven local government representatives were interviewed regarding their experiences and perceptions of the refugee health information system (HIS) and the MHA for resettlement in England. Data was analyzed using thematic analysis. The three themes indicated that the HIS was perceived to be effective, however, issues on governance, timeliness of information and access were identified. Findings showed that for the MHA to be more useful for planning, assessments for mental health issues and child special educational needs (SEN) are needed. Findings also indicated resettlement promoted joint working and acceptability of refugee resettlement. In areas where data sharing and governance processes are well defined, the HIS is effective and the MHA supports resettlement. National agencies should put structures in place to support timely health information flow.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10331
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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Funding Information: This research received no external funding.

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Citation: Dunn, T.J.; Browne, A.; Haworth, S.; Wurie, F.; Campos-Matos, I. Service Evaluation of the English Refugee Health Information System: Considerations and Recommendations for Effective Resettlement. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10331.



  • Global health
  • Information science
  • Refugees
  • global health
  • refugees
  • information science


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