Assessment of Migrant Health and Health Disparities between Immigrants and Swiss Nationals Living in Switzerland
Johns Hopkins University
Switzerland is one of the most diverse nations within the OECD and boasts one of the highest net migration rates; it also has one of the highest rated health care systems in the world. Nevertheless, it has been shown that health disparities exist between the Swiss migrant and Swiss national populations: migrants are especially more prone to overweight/obesity, dental health problems, various forms of physical pain, and psychological distress. The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate to what extent certain health conditions are a problem to the immigrant and Swiss national populations. The study also will explore some of the reasons as to why migrants are often at a disadvantage in regards to health and in regards to accessing health care in Switzerland.
Both primary and secondary research was conducted for this investigation. Primary research consisted of providing a brief questionnaire to various experts and stakeholders within Switzerland, whereas secondary research consisted mainly of a literature review of a number of websites, statistics, and especially, several peer-reviewed journal articles. Results from both research approaches were then combined to produce an overall health assessment of migrants living in Switzerland.
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Policy | Inequality and Stratification | International Public Health | Public Health
Mujica-Martorell, Gabriela, "Assessment of Migrant Health and Health Disparities between Immigrants and Swiss Nationals Living in Switzerland" (2012). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 1476.
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