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Comparison of Stroke Mortality in Finnish-Born Migrants Living in Sweden 1970-1999 and in Swedish-Born Individuals
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden .
Lund University, Universitetssjukhuset MAS, Malmö, Sweden .
2013 (English)In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, ISSN 1557-1912, Vol. 17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A limited number of studies have been found on stroke mortality in migrants showing higher mortality for some groups. Influence of time of residence has been studied by a previous  research group. A previous study showed a significantly higher number of deaths in Diseases of the circulatory system in Finnish migrants compared to native Swedes. The aim was to test the hypothesis of a higher mortality in and a decrease in mortality over time in stroke among Finnish migrants in Sweden. The study was based on National Population registry data. The study population included 321,407 Swedish and 307,174 foreign born persons living in Sweden 1987-1999. Mean age was lower at time for death for Finnish migrants than native Swedes, men 5.1 years difference and women 2.3 years. The dissimilarity decreased over time. The risk of death by stroke was higher for migrants with short time of residence in Sweden than with long time (≤10 years, OR 1.61-1.36 vs ≥11 year, OR 1.18). Migrants with short time of residence in Sweden died 9.8-5.3 years earlier than native Swedes. The hypothesis was confirmed and an indication of adjustment to life in the new host country was found. International studies show similar results for other migrant groups but further studies are needed to verify if a similar pattern can be found in other migrant groups living in Sweden and to be able to generalise the findings.

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Springer, 2013. Vol. 17
Keyword [en]
Mortality, Finnish-born, Stroke, Migrants health, Sweden
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99851DOI: 10.1007/s10903-013-9780-1PubMedID: 23324988OAI: diva2:658393
Available from: 2013-10-21 Created: 2013-10-21 Last updated: 2013-10-31Bibliographically approved

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