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What actually do Syrian migrant women’s health practices tell us? A qualitative interpretive synthesis from Turkey

Funda Aslan (Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Çankırı Karatekin University, Çankırı, Turkey)

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1747-9894

Article publication date: 8 March 2021

Issue publication date: 1 June 2021




The present qualitative interpretive synthesis (QIS) aimed to re-interpret and understand in detail the findings of the studies related to the health practices of Syrian migrant women living in Turkey.


İn this study, the QIS method was used. Three articles were included in the present QIS study from the five electronic databases.


Present QIS has once and again emphasized that Syrian immigrant women have health problems, yet face problems accessing health-care services. While the women suffer from various health problems and have health care needs such as pregnancy or maternity, they give priority to the needs of their children and other family members and often postpone taking care of themselves. The most important finding was that migrant women do not want to give up on their cultural teachings.

Research limitations/implications

There were only a limited number of studies available for review that fit into the inclusion criteria; the low sample sizes across the included studies posed additional limitations. Despite these limitations, these findings suggest important implications, indicating the migrant women’s health practices from a systemic perspective.

Social implications

All these issues and concerns should be addressed with empathy for developing sustainable health policies and nurturing healthy future generations in Turkey.


This study is the first study that used the QIS approach to understand and re-interpret qualitative studies findings. Then, this study also emphasized the necessity of looking at the health of migrant women’s health from different perspectives.



Funding: This work was not supported by any funding.Declaration of İnterest Statement: The author declares no conflict of interest.Ethical approval: No ethical approval was needed for the study.


Aslan, F. (2021), "What actually do Syrian migrant women’s health practices tell us? A qualitative interpretive synthesis from Turkey", International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 119-129.



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