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

Oh, Hans and Goehring, Jessica and Jacob, Louis and Smith, Lee (2021) Revisiting the immigrant epidemiological paradox: Findings from the American Panel of Life 2019. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (9). p. 4619. ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Immigrant, Paradox, Health Advantage, Epidemiology
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2021 10:32
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 10:13
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706512

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