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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 May;23(2):651-65. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2012.0052.

Provider's perspectives on the impact of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity on immigrant health.

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  • 1Harvard Medical School, USA. Khacker@challiance.org

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Increasing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities such as raids, detention, and deportation may be affecting the health and well-being of immigrants. This study sought to understand the impact of ICE activities on immigrant health from the perspective of health care providers.

METHODS:

An online survey of primary care and emergency medicine providers was conducted to determine whether ICE activity was negatively affecting immigrant patients.

RESULTS:

Of 327 providers surveyed, 163 responded (50%) and 156 (48%) met criteria for inclusion. Seventy-five (48%) of them observed negative effects of ICE enforcement on the health or health access of immigrant patients. Forty-three providers gave examples of the impact on emotional health, ability to comply with health care recommendations, and access.

CONCLUSIONS:

Health care providers are witnessing the negative effects of ICE activities on their immigrant patients' psychological and physical health. This should be considered an important determinant of immigrant health.

PMID:
22643614
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PMCID:
PMC3753075
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