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Revisiting the immigrant epidemiological paradox: Findings from the American Panel of Life 2019

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posted on 2023-08-30, 18:22 authored by Hans Oh, Jessica Goehring, Louis Jacob, Lee Smith
Objective: Immigrants enjoy a health advantage over their US-born counterparts (termed the immigrant paradox), though the extent of this paradox may not extend to all health outcomes. Methods: We analyzed data from the RAND American Life Panel. Using multivariable logistic regression, we examined the associations between immigrant status and a wide range of health outcomes (e.g., cardiovascular diseases, mental health), adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics. Results: Being an immigrant was associated with lower odds of having any health condition, multimorbidity, and number of health conditions. When looking at specific conditions, however, immigrant status was only significantly associated with lower odds of depression, nerve problem causing numbness or pain, and obesity, but not other conditions. Conclusion: The immigrant paradox is evident when examining overall health, and specifically depression, nerve problems, and obesity.

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Refereed

  • Yes

Volume

18

Issue number

9

Page range

4619

Publication title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

ISSN

1660-4601

Publisher

MDPI

File version

  • Accepted version

Language

  • eng

Legacy posted date

2021-04-19

Legacy creation date

2021-04-19

Legacy Faculty/School/Department

Faculty of Science & Engineering

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