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Impact of disaster on women in Iran and implication for emergency nurses volunteering to provide urgent humanitarian aid relief: A qualitative study
Birjand Health Qualitative Research Center, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran.
University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran; Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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2015 (English)In: Australasian emergency nursing journal : AENJ, ISSN 1574-6267, Vol. 18, no 3, 165-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Men and women are equally affected by disasters, but they experience disaster in different ways. To provide new knowledge and promote women's involvement in all phases of the disaster management, we decided to capture the perspectives and experiences of the women themselves; and to explore the conditions affecting Iranian women after recent earthquake disasters.

METHODS: The study was designed as a qualitative content analysis. Twenty individuals were selected by purposeful sampling and data collected by in-depth, semi-structured interviews analysed qualitatively.

RESULTS: Three main themes were evident reflecting women's status after disaster: individual impacts of disaster, women and family, and women in the community. Participants experienced the emotional impact of loss, disorganisation of livelihood and challenges due to physical injuries. Women experienced changes in family function due to separation and conflicts which created challenges and needed to be managed after the disaster. Their most urgent request was to be settled in their own permanent home. This motivated the women to help reconstruction efforts.

CONCLUSIONS: Clarification of women's need after a disaster can help to mainstream gender-sensitive approaches in planning response and recovery efforts.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 18, no 3, 165-172 p.
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Disaster, Special groups, Women
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-59262DOI: 10.1016/j.aenj.2015.02.002ISI: 000360978200006PubMedID: 25891504Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84939464405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-59262DiVA: diva2:1135436
Available from: 2017-08-23 Created: 2017-08-23 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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