Daten zum Projekt

Multilingualism in providing quality mental health care to migrants needs, resources and practices (MiM2M)

Initiative: Globale Herausforderungen
Ausschreibung: Mobility - Global Medicine and Health Research
Bewilligung: 03.12.2021
Laufzeit: 4 Jahre


Despite many calls for cultural competence training, mitigation of language-related barriers in migrant health care remains largely neglected in research, education and practice. The aim of this interdisciplinary project (Cultural Psychology, Public and Global Mental Health, Intercultural Communication and Linguistics) is to investigate and develop improvements to communication between (mental) health care providers ((M)HCP) and migrants who experience mental disorders and do not (sufficiently) speak the languages of the health care professionals, ultimately enhancing the quality of mental health care. Case studies will be conducted in the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, China and South Africa.The research will focus on the different levels of Bronfenbrenner's ecological framework for human development considering their inherent interrelatedness. The project team aims for: (1) identification of current policies and practices of health care systems in multilingual settings, on a macro- and meso-level; (2) assessment of barriers and resources in the communication on a micro and meso-level from perspectives of (M)HCP, patients and relatives; (3) quality assessment on technological devices and their applicability; (4) recommendations for (M)HCP addressing language und cultural capacity gaps in providing services to people with mental disorders, and information tools for migrants towards coping mechanisms in multilingual health care provider-patient settings (e.g. learning video, podcast); (5) development and pilot-testing of a training for local (M)HCP to strengthen contextually appropriate multilingual health communication; (6) dissemination of the results in scientific publications; final conference. The team will conduct a scoping literature review study and will use semi-structured interview methods as well as focus group discussions following ethical protocols. The final intervention will be evaluated according to a mixed methods design.


  • Prof. Dr. Mike Mösko

    Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
    Zentrum für Psychosoziale Medizin
    Institut und Poliklinik für Medizinische

  • Prof. Leslie Swartz

    Stellenbosch University
    Department of Psychology
    Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health

  • Prof. Dr. Razvan Mircea Chereches

    Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
    Department of Public Health
    College of Political, Administrative and
    Communication Sciences

  • Prof. Dr. Brian James Hall

    NYU Shanghai
    School of Global Public Health
    Pudong New District, Shanghai
    China (Volksrepublik)

  • Prof. Dr. Ted Sanders

    Utrecht University
    Faculty of Humanities
    Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS
    Department of Languages, Literature and

  • Prof. Dr. Christine Anthonissen

    Stellenbosch University
    Department of General Linguistics
    Arts Building

  • Dr. Alina Forray

    Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
    Department of Public Health and Management

  • Oltean Ovidiu

    Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
    Political, Administrative & Communication Sciences
    Political Science Department

  • Prof. Dr. Barbara Schouten

    University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    Amsterdam School of Communication Research

  • Prof. Dr. Kristin Bührig

    Universität Hamburg
    Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
    FB Sprache, Literatur, Medien
    Institut für Germanistik