Effect of physiotherapy and psychological treatment on physical and mental health among asylum seekers and refugees with pain disorders and post-traumatic symptoms
Among resettled asylum seekers and refugees, the primary aim is to separately study the effect on both physical and mental health of two different interventions:
- BAT for participants with pain disorders
- TRT for participants with post-traumatic symptoms
As a secondary aim, we will study which socioeconomic characteristics and other characteristics related to the migration experience predict a positive effect of the two intervention treatments.
The number of refugees living in Norway will soon reach 200.000. Currently, half of the asylum seekers to Norway are from Syria, and most of them obtain permanent refugee status. Little is known about their total burden of disease, how somatic and mental health change during the migration phases and how best to provide adequate health services to this growing group.
Among resettled asylum seekers and refugees from Syria with pain disorders and post-traumatic symptoms respectively following different migration paths to Norway, our study aims to investigate the effect of physiotherapy treatment body awareness therapy (BAT) and teaching recovery techniques (TRT), on physical and mental health among asylum seekers and refugees with pain disorders and post-traumatic symptoms
Data will be collected from Participants identified with pain disorders, post-traumatic symptoms according to previously defined and they will be invited to one of the treatment groups conducted by the physiotherapists, and psychologists based in Bergen. The same questionnaires and measurements will be applied to these patients at least once during the treatment, before and at the end of the treatment.
Changing health along the Syrian refugees' trajectories to Norway