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Immigration and selected indicators of health status and healthcare utilization among the Chinese.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19326215     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We examined indicators of health status and healthcare utilization according to immigration status to assess the 'healthy immigrant effect' for Chinese adults. Data for Chinese in Taiwan (n = 15,549) were from the 2001 Taiwan National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Data for U.S.-born Chinese (n = 964) and Chinese Immigrants in the U.S. (n = 253) were from the 1998-2004 U.S. NHIS. We used multivariate logistic regression to estimate the adjusted odds of perceived poor health, having ever smoked, and past year emergency room visits according to immigration status. For Chinese immigrants, more years in the U.S. were associated with lower odds of reporting poor health (OR = 0.4; 95% CI = 0.2-0.8) and past-year emergency room use (OR = 0.5; 95% CI = 0.3-0.9). Compared with recent Chinese immigrants (<5 years in U.S.), Chinese in Taiwan had higher odds of reporting poor health (OR = 6.2; 95% CI = 3.2-12.1) and having ever smoked (OR = 1.6; 95% CI = 1.1-2.5). Our results suggest that those who migrate have better health profiles than those who do not migrate. However, recent Chinese immigrants were not significantly different than U.S.-born Chinese.
Chiu-Fang Chou; Pamela Jo Johnson; Lynn A Blewett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2009-03-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1557-1920     ISO Abbreviation:  J Immigr Minor Health     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-15     Completed Date:  2010-11-08     Revised Date:  2014-10-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256527     Medline TA:  J Immigr Minor Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  470-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
China / ethnology
Cross-Sectional Studies
Emigration and Immigration*
Health Services / utilization*
Health Status Indicators*
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
United States
Young Adult
Grant Support

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