Using the Omaha System to determine health problems of urban Syrian immigrants

ARDIÇ A., ESİN M. N., Koc S., Bayraktar B., SUNAL N.

Public Health Nursing, vol.36, no.2, pp.126-133, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/phn.12563
  • Journal Name: Public Health Nursing
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.126-133
  • Keywords: health problems, Omaha System, problem classification scheme, refugee, Syrians immigrants
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Objective(s): This study assessed the health problems of Syrian immigrants living in urban areas using the Omaha System. Design: A descriptive and observational study was conducted in Istanbul. Sample: The sample included 51 Syrian immigrant families and 248 Syrian refugees. Measures: Data were collected using the Omaha System-Problem Classification List and a sociodemographic questionnaire. Results: The average household size was 6.36; 71% of those over the age of 18 were not employed. Only 8.5% of children aged 0–15 were vaccinated; 15 nursing problems and 46 signs and symptoms were diagnosed using the Problem Classification List scale. Personal care was the most frequently diagnosed problem, followed by Sanitation, Communication with community resources, Mental health, and Residence. Conclusions: Health and social problems are common Syrian immigrants living in urban areas. The Omaha System-Problem Classification List can be used as a tool by public health nurses to identify health problems encountered by immigrants.