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International Journal Of Medical, Pharmacy And Drug Research(IJMPD)

The role of healthcare organizations in activating self-care systems and responding to emergency situations

Hatice Bebiş , Qasim Azeez Ali


International Journal of Medical, Pharmacy and Drug Research(IJMPD), Vol-4,Issue-4, July - August 2020, Pages 24-29 , 10.22161/ijmpd.4.4.1

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Background: Self-care refers to the individuals’ ability to promote and maintain their health. The first requirement for self-care is raising awareness of healthcare issues. In this regard, healthcare non-governmental organizations can play a significant role. The present study was carried out in order to investigate the role of an active health organization in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in activating self-care practices and responding to emergency situations. Methods: The study was a descriptive qualitative one that was carried out from July to December 2019 on 16 participants who were selected from doctors, nurses, managers, social researchers, employees, and patients in Zhian health organization. Unstructured in-depth interviews were carried out to collect required data. The collected data were analyzed through van Manen’s method, and the relevant themes and subthemes were extracted. Results: Analyzing the collected data led to emergence of two main theme which were labeled as “raising health awareness” and “providing emergency health care”. The first main theme had three subtheme, namely “raising public awareness of self-care”, “raising the pregnant women’s awareness of self-care”, and “raising the women’s awareness of gender-based violence”. The second main theme had two subtheme, namely “providing refugees with emergency health care” and “providing internally displaced persons with emergency health care”. Conclusion: Primary healthcare NGOs can play a significant role in raising health awareness, promoting self-care activities, and providing emergency health care. As a result, such NGOs need to be developed and supported by the government and the Ministry of Health.

healthcare organizations, self-care, emergency situations, qualitative study.

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