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Self-rated health within the Canadian immigrant population: Risk and the healthy immigrant effect

TitleSelf-rated health within the Canadian immigrant population: Risk and the healthy immigrant effect
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsNewbold, B.
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume60
Pages1359 - 1370
Keywordscanada, health services use and unmet health needs, immigrant health, measures of health, self-assessed health
Abstract

Set within the determinants of health framework and drawing upon Statistics Canada's longitudinal National Population Health Survey, this paper explores the self-assessed health of Canada's immigrant population. Using both descriptive and multivariate techniques, including logistic regression and survival analysis, the intent is to identify differences in self-assessed health between the immigrant and native-born populations, the factors that contribute to immigrant self-assessed health, and the factors associated with declining self-assessed health status. In each case, the key questions are whether differences in health status exist between the native- and foreign-born. Results indicate mixed support for the Healthy Immigrant Effect, with the native- and foreign-born neither more nor less likely to rank their health as fair or poor. However, results from the proportional hazards model indicated that the native-born were at lower risk to transition to poor health.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/s027795360400334x
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