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Concepts for migration-sensitive health monitoring

By Maria Schumann, Katja Kajikhina, Antonino Polizzi, Navina Sarma, Jens Hoebel, Marleen Bug, Susanne Bartig, Thomas Lampert and Claudia Santos-Hövener

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According to microcensus data, nearly one quarter of the German population has a migration background. This means that either themselves or at least one parent was born without German citizenship. Based on the currently available data and due to the underrepresentation of specific population groups, representative findings on the health of the total population residing in Germany are only possible to a limited degree. Against this backdrop, the Robert Koch Institute initiated the Improving Health Monitoring in Migrant Populations (IMIRA) project. The project aims to establish a migration-sensitive health monitoring system and to better represent people with a migration background in health surveys conducted by the Robert Koch Institute. In this context it is crucial to review and further develop relevant migrationsensitive concepts and appropriate surveying instruments. To achieve this, the concepts of acculturation, discrimination, religion and subjective social status were selected. This article theoretically embeds these concepts. Furthermore, we describe their application in epidemiology as well as provide a proposal on how to measure and operationalise these concepts. Moreover, recommendations for action are provided regarding the potential application of these concepts in health monitoring at the Robert Koch Institute.Peer Reviewe

Topics: MIGRATION, HEALTH MONITORING, ACCULTURATION, DISCRIMINATION, SUBJECTIVE SOCIAL STATUS, 610 Medizin und Gesundheit, ddc:610
Publisher: Robert Koch-Institut
Year: 2019
DOI identifier: 10.25646/6075
OAI identifier: oai:edoc.rki.de:176904/6110
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