Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1782
Title: Health status inequality among immigrants in Switzerland
Authors : Volken, Thomas
Rüesch, Peter
Published in : Open Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume(Issue) : 4
Issue : 6
Pages : 459
Pages to: 469
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.
Issue Date: 2014
Language : Englisch / English
Subjects : Health status; Impairment; Immigrant; Switzerland
Subject (DDC) : 305: Soziale Gruppen
610: Medizin, Gesundheit
Abstract: Objective: To assess self-rated health and impairments for six large immigrant groups (Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Portugal, Serbia, Turkey) in Switzerland. Methods: We used population-based survey data from the Swiss Migrant Health Survey 2010 and the Swiss Health Survey 2007. The sample comprised permanent residents aged 17 - 64 years (n = 14,637). Multivariate logistic regressions have been used to estimate odds ratios (OR). Results: Ill health and activities of daily living (ADL) impairments were associated with older age in all groups. However, nationals from Turkey and nationals from Kosovo were substantially more likely than Swiss to report ill health (OR = 1.05; CI = 1.02 - 1.09; P = 0.001 and OR = 1.05; CI = 1.01 - 1.10; P = 0.016) and ADL impairments (OR = 1.06; CI = 1.03 - 1.09; P = 0.000 and OR = 1.04; CI = 1.01 - 1.07; P = 0.004) with increasing age. Furthermore, Portuguese women were more likely (OR = 2.65; CI = 1.40 - 5.03; P = 0.003) to report ill health than Swiss women. Conclusions: Immigrant-specific preventive and health promotion initiatives should target vulnerable immigrants from Turkey, Portugal, and Kosovo. Furthermore, groups with few economic and psychosocial resources in the general population of Switzerland should be more involved in interventions to reduce health risk.
Departement: Gesundheit
Publication type: Beitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift / Article in scientific Journal
Type of review: Keine Angabe / Not specified
DOI : 10.4236/ojpm.2014.46054
10.21256/zhaw-1782
ISSN: 2162-2477
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/3781
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY 4.0: Namensnennung 4.0 International
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