What is it about?

This study reviews community health worker (CHW) involvement in preventive care for people in primary health care. Their roles include providing education and navigation to other services. It demonstrates the contribution that CHWs can make to improving access to preventive care for patients from culturally and linguistically diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds. This workforce is an important means of reducing inequalities in health and improving access to health care.

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Why is it important?

Many patients miss out on preventive care because they lack language skills or health literacy. Community health workers can help bridge that

Perspectives

We are excited to be developing a research program on the role of community health workers in primary health care in Australia

Mark Harris
University of New South Wales

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This page is a summary of: Community health workers involvement in preventative care in primary healthcare: a systematic scoping review, BMJ Open, December 2019, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031666.
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