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J Health Info Stat 2015;40(3):175-190.
서울시 중구 다문화가정 외국 출신 성인의 건강수준, 건강행위, 의료서비스 이용 실태
안지영 , 홍혜정 , 이동옥 , 이복남 , 정의식 , 박정은
Original Article : Health Status, Health Behavior, and Medical Service Usage of Foreign-born Adults from Multi-cultural Families in Junggu, Seoul
Ji Young An , Hye Jeong Hong , Dongok Lee , Boknam Lee , Euisik Jeong , Jung Eun Park
ABSTRACT
Objectives:
The aim of this study was to explore health status, health behavior, and medical service usage of foreign-born adults from multi-cultural families who actually live in Junggu, Seoul, Korea. This initiative is essential to establish a future medical support service model for multi-cultural families in Korea, which also provides a basis for developing community-based participatory action research.
Methods:
Samples of this study were 537 multi-cultural households living in Junggu, Seoul, Korea, whose nationality and current residence address were enrolled. Questionnaires were selected from the literature reviewed and modified for this study. Trained interviewers collected data. Data were analyzed using the SAS.
Results:
Data obtained from 253 adults aged over 19 were analyzed. The identified vulnerable group with priority for managing their health from this study was: Chinese nationality born, length of stay in Korea less than 10 years, the average monthly household income less than 2,000,000 won, and people who were not fluent in Korean language. From the results, the demand related to policy making in this area was identified: community service programs providing classes such as Korean language and Korean cuisine; medical service for menstrual irregularity/amenorrhea, arthritis, oral diseases, and depression; intervention programs for managing/reliving daily stress; the increase number of migrant-friendly healthcare facilities.
Conclusions:
It was possible to identify the ongoing health status of foreign-born adults of multi-cultural families who have lived in Junggu, Seoul. Migrant-friendly community health center based life cycle and or disease-specific healthcare service could be tailored for them. It also would be the basis for the community based participatory healthcare service model.
Key words: Culture, Immigrants, Health status, Health literacy, Depression
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