CMAJ Immigrant Health Resources: A complete listing of guidelines and journal articles pertaining to immigrant health published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
Kids New to Canada: Canadian Paediatric Society resources for health professionals serving pediatric refugee and other newcomer populations. Topics include assessing and screening, medical conditions, health promotion, child development, and other factors unique to refugee/newcomer patients.
Migrant Worker Health – Guide for Health Care Providers: A collection of resources compiled by the Migrant Worker Health Project for healthcare professionals caring for migrant workers. Resources include factsheets about migrant workers (e.g. living and employment conditions), information about the services and support migrant workers are entitled to (including details about health insurance), language guides, and specific clinical guidelines for migrant worker populations.
Medical Assessment of Immigrant and Refugee Children: Checklists for Medical Assessment: A guide for family physicians and primary care physicians to assist with the initial medical assessment for immigrant and refugee children. The three sequential checklists are meant to be used for the initial assessment, 1st follow-up visit, and the 2nd follow-up visit. The source material includes evidence from the Canadian Collaboration Immigrant and Refugee Health, and information from Caring for Kids New to Canada. Helpfully, each checklist has embedded links which lead to reliable and detailed information (e.g. information about each health condition and how to screen for them).
Caring for a Newly Arrived Syrian Refugee Family: This paper published in the CMAJ describes information to be kept in mind during a family doctor’s first appointment with a newly arrived Syrian refugee family. It provides contextual information on the Syrian civil war and Canada’s response of humanitarian resettlement of refugees. The guideline describes health interventions the family is likely to have encountered prior to this visit, and provides evidence-based recommendations on preventative interventions to be considered during this first visit with a family doctor in Canada (e.g. vaccine preventable diseases, HIV, TB, mental health screening). The guideline is reader-friendly and also includes useful resources.
Medical Assessment of Refugee and Immigrant Children: Guidelines for the primary care physicians on initial, second, and follow-up visits. Includes practices in the initial medical assessment, required documentation, communication, history-taking, screening, and referrals.
Screening During Pregnancy – Evidence Review for Newly Arriving Immigrants and Refugees: This study is an evidence review of the most common issues experienced by recently arrived pregnant immigrant and refugee women. The study summarizes the impact of social isolation, sexual abuse, hemoglobinopathy, exposure to workplace hazards, and female genital mutilation. It also summarizes common challenges to prenatal care experienced by recently arrived immigrant women. Additionally, it discusses the availability and gaps in practice guidelines in Canada to address the issues commonly faced by these pregnant mothers.
Evidence-Based Preventative Care Checklist for New Immigrants and Refugees: e-Learning tool for primary care physicians to put Canadian Immigrant Health Guidelines into practice. Consists of interactive checklists on examination, health education, screenings, immunizations etc. that adjust to the specific patient’s region of origin and visit (1st, 2nd, 3rd or later). Checklist items include links to relevant Cochrane Podcasts to support specific aspects of the visit.
Refugees & Global Health eLearning: E-Learning modules for health professionals and medical students that cover a broad scope of topics specific to care for newcomers, including communication, assessing and managing various cases, interdisciplinary collaboration, etc. Based on case studies and lived experiences of experts, each module can provide a concise (10-15 minute) overview while allowing in-depth exploration of further resources provided.