Conflict and Care: Israeli Healthcare Providers and Syrian Patients and Caregivers in Israel

Savannah S. Young, Denise C. Lewis, Peter Gilbey, Arie Eisenman, Richard Schuster, Desiree M. Seponski

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Israel has provided immediate healthcare to Syrian children, civilians and fighters since early 2013 despite being in an official state of war with Syria since 1973. We present qualitative findings from a larger mixed-methods phenomenological study to understand how the geopolitical and social history of Israel and Syria influences healthcare providers and Syrian patient caregivers in northern Israel. Theories of humanization and cognitive dissonance guided this study and frame the beliefs and experiences of healthcare providers who treated wounded Syrians in Israeli hospitals. Findings indicate healthcare providers and Syrian caregivers adjusted their beliefs to allow for positive healthcare experiences. Qualitative analysis revealed two major themes: supportive and hindering systemic elements contributing to the healthcare provider-patient-caregiver relationship. Internal psychological developments, contextual factors, and relational processes influenced humanization of the other within the relationship. This study illuminates unique ethical and humanitarian demands relevant for healthcare workers and those with whom they interact.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Qualitative Nursing Research
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2016

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  • Israel
  • Syria
  • communication
  • doctor-patient
  • ethics
  • healthcare
  • humanitarianism
  • immigrants
  • migrants
  • moral perspectives
  • nurse-patient
  • refugees
  • war

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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