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Immigration and Acculturation in Relation to Health and Health-Related Risk Factors Among Specific Asian Subgroups in a Health Maintenance Organization

Gomez, Scarlett L and Kelsey, Jennifer L and Glaser, Sally L and Lee, Marion M and Sidney, Stephen (2004) Immigration and Acculturation in Relation to Health and Health-Related Risk Factors Among Specific Asian Subgroups in a Health Maintenance Organization. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (11). pp. 1977-1984. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

Objectives. We sought to determine how risk factors for disease vary among Asian subgroups. Methods. Using data from a case-control study conducted at Northern California Kaiser Medical Centers (from 1996 to 2001), we compared prevalence of selected risk factors among Asian subgroups and evaluated the associations of these risk factors with sociodemographics factors. Results. Chinese and Japanese patients had a lower body mass index (kg/m2) than did other Asians. In all subgroups, being born in the United States was associated with having a body mass index greater than 25 kg/m2. Compared with other Asians, more Japanese and multiple-race Asians, smoked, and more Filipino and multiple-race Asian smokers started smoking at 18 years or younger. Filipinos and multiple-race Asians also were more likely to report diabetes. Conclusions. These data support the importance of efforts to distinguish among Asian subgroups in public health practice and research.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigration, acculturation, health, Asian subgroups, Asians, Health Maintenance Organization, HMO
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Diabetes
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Smoking & Tobacco Use
Practice
Practice > service
Research
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 10:21
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/511

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