Pennsylvania Nurse, Front Page 69(4) - Page 13

As population demographics evolve, nurses are faced with new challenges. Therefore, it is important for the nurse to address barriers that may influence access to medications and, specifically, over the counter (OTC) medications for immigrant and refugee patients. Both refugee and immigrant populations are at a heightened risk for experiencing health care disparities compared to the average U.S. citizen (Footracer, 2009). Many of these problems are associated with barriers such as language, access to care, fear, anxiety and lack of knowledge about the U.S. health care system (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2014). These barriers can further interfere with immigrant and refugee patients’ ability to access medications and to follow the prescribed medication regimen. Furthermore,