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Eur J Public Health. 2007 Oct;17(5):503-7. Epub 2007 Jan 24.

Health profiles, lifestyles and use of health resources by the immigrant population resident in Spain.

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Unit of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Rey Juan Carlos University, Alcorcón, Madrid. pilar.carrasco@urjc.es

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Our study aimed at describing the health profiles, life styles and use of health resources by the immigrant population resident in Spain.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional, epidemiological study from the Spanish National Health Survey (NHS) in 2003. We analysed 1506 subjects of both sexes, aged > or =16 years, resident in Spain.

RESULTS:

The immigrant population present diseases that are similar to those of the autochthonous population. The autochthonous population had significantly higher values for alcohol consumption and smoking (60.8 and 39.6%) than immigrants (39.6 and 27.5%). The percentage of immigrants hospitalized in the preceding 12 months was observed to be higher than that of the Spanish population (11.4 vs. 8.2%, P < 0.05). The immigrant population consumed fewer medical drugs than the Spanish population (42.6 and 49.9%, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS:

Immigrants in Spain display better lifestyle-related parameters, in that they consume less alcohol and smoke less than the autochthonous population. As for the use of health-care resources, while immigrants register higher percentages of hospitalization compared with the Spanish population, there is no evidence of excessive and inappropriate use of other health-care resources.

PMID:
17251304
DOI:
10.1093/eurpub/ckl279
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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