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Monitoring migrant health in Europe: a narrative review of data collection practices

Rechel, Bernd, Mladovsky, Philipa ORCID: 0000-0001-7761-6928 and Devillé, Walter (2012) Monitoring migrant health in Europe: a narrative review of data collection practices. Health Policy. ISSN 0168-8510

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2012.01.003


Background Data on the health of migrants, including on health determinants and access to health services, are an essential pre-condition for providing appropriate and accessible health services to this population group. This article reviews how far current data collection systems in the European Union (EU) allow to monitor migrant health. Methods We searched the academic literature using PubMed and reviewed the results of recent EU-funded research projects on migrant health. Results Most EU member states lack information on the health of migrants, limiting the possibility for monitoring and improving migrant health. National death registers allow for disaggregation according to migrant status in 24 of 27 EU member states. Registry data on health care utilization by migrant status are available in only 11 of 27 member states, although in most cases this only covers secondary and not primary care. Only few countries collect large-scale survey data on migrant health and health care utilization. Conclusion Many EU countries need to step up their organizational and regulatory efforts to monitor migrant health if the current lack of data on migrant health should be overcome. This could be done through the inclusion of improved questions on migration in existing data collection processes.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 16:09
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2024 02:21

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