Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15) Packet

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The RHS-15 is a tool for screening refugees for emotional distress and mental health. Packet includes the RHS-15 tool, background on the tool’s development, and guidelines on using the RHS-15 with recently resettled refugees. the RHS-15 has also been translated into Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Cuban Spanish, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Karen, Nepali, Mexican Spanish, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Tigrinya.

Early screening and intervention for emotional distress among newly arrived refugees is rarely conducted. Existing instruments are not designed for refugees or may be cumbersome to administer in health care settings. The RHS-15 was developed in a community public health setting to be an efficient and effective way to sensitively detect the range of emotional distress common across refugee groups.

Topic(s): Mental Health and Wellness
Resource Type: Tool or Template
Date: December 2, 2013
Language(s): Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, English, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Karen, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya
Target Audience(s): Service Provider
Author(s): Pathways to Wellness

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