Priorities and strategies for improving Roma women’s access to primary health care services in cases on intimate partner violence: a concept mapping study

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Title: Priorities and strategies for improving Roma women’s access to primary health care services in cases on intimate partner violence: a concept mapping study
Authors: Vives-Cases, Carmen | Goicolea, Isabel | Hernández, Alison | Sanz-Barbero, Belen | Davó-Blanes, M. Carmen | La Parra-Casado, Daniel
Research Group/s: Salud Pública | Investigación en Género (IG) | Observatorio Europeo de Tendencias Sociales (OBETS)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología II | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Estudios de Género
Keywords: Battered women | Healthcare | Roma population | Equity
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública | Sociología
Issue Date: 7-Jun-2017
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health. 2017, 16: 96. doi:10.1186/s12939-017-0594-y
Abstract: Background: With an explicit focus on Roma women in Spain (Kale/Spanish Gypsies), this study aims to integrate key informants’ opinions about the main actions needed to improve primary health care services’ and professionals’ responses to Roma women in an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) situation. Methods: Concept mapping study. A total of 50 (brainstorming phase), 36 (sorting and rating phase) and 16 (interpretation phase) participants from Roma civil society groups, primary health care professionals and other related stakeholders (social services, academic experts and other IPV NGOs representatives) from different cities in Spain were involved in the different study phases. Results: Among the 55 action proposals generated, ten priority actions were identified through consensus as most important for improving primary health care’s response to Romani women in an IPV situation, and these included primary, secondary and tertiary prevention activities. Conclusion: Results indicated that efforts to address this challenge should take an integrated approach that reinforces the primary health care response to IPV in general, while also promoting more specific actions to address barriers to access that affect all Roma women and those who experience IPV in particular.
Sponsor: The material and analysis of this study is part of the larger research project titled “Violence against women and the responses of primary health professionals in Spain”, financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Government of Spain, Carlos III Institute and Fondos FEDER (Ref.PI13/00874), directed by the professor Carmen Vives-Cases.
ISSN: 1475-9276
DOI: 10.1186/s12939-017-0594-y
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s). 2017 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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