Diagnostic uncertainty and pathways to care for migrant and non-migrant families and their children

Fortin, S.; Gauthier, A.; Cardona, LG. (2018)

Diagnostic Fluidity: Working with Uncertainty and Mutability. Mette Bech Risør Nina Nissen (Eds.)

URV Bookks | 83-102

Stemming from a study with families of migrant & non-migrant backgrounds in Montréal on children’s stomach pains, this paper questions how ways of dealing with medical uncertainty has bearing on pathways to care. These pathways are enacted within and beyond the family space as well as in medical settings. While acknowledging that group practices call for nuance, non-migrant children lead a greater quest for legitimacy of their pain while most migrant families place stomach aches in the range of normality.