A health behaviour cross-sectional study of immigrants and non-immigrants in a Swiss urban general-practice setting.

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serval:BIB_7BBE405FC440
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
A health behaviour cross-sectional study of immigrants and non-immigrants in a Swiss urban general-practice setting.
Journal
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health / Center For Minority Public Health
Author(s)
Bodenmann P., Cornuz J., Vaucher P., Ghali W., Daeppen J.B., Favrat B.
ISSN
1557-1920[electronic], 1557-1912[linking]
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2010
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
12
Number
1
Pages
24-32
Language
english
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Little is known about smoking, unhealthy use of alcohol, and risk behaviours for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in immigrants from developed and developing countries. METHOD: We performed a cross-sectional study of 400 patients who consulted an academic emergency care centre at a Swiss university hospital. The odds ratios for having one or more risk behaviours were adjusted for age, gender, and education level. RESULTS: Immigrants from developing countries were less likely to use alcohol in an unhealthy manner (OR = 0.35, 95% CI 0.22-0.57) or practise risk behaviours for STDs (OR = 0.31, 95% CI 0.13-0.74). They were also less likely to have any of the three studied risk behaviours (OR = 2.5, 95% CI 1.5-4.3). DISCUSSION: In addition to the usual determinants, health behaviours are also associated with origin; distinguishing between immigrants from developing and developed countries is useful in clinical settings. Surprisingly, patients from developing countries tend to possess several protective characteristics.
Keywords
Adult, Cross-Sectional Studies, Emigrants and Immigrants, Family Practice, Female, Health Behavior/ethnology, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Risk-Taking, Sexually Transmitted Diseases/ethnology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases/etiology, Switzerland, Urban Population, Young Adult
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Web of science
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Yes
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25/03/2009 15:37
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