Revisiting the Healthy Migrant Paradox in Perinatal Health Outcomes Through a Scoping Review in a Recent Host Country

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Title: Revisiting the Healthy Migrant Paradox in Perinatal Health Outcomes Through a Scoping Review in a Recent Host Country
Authors: Juárez, Sol P. | Ortiz Barreda, Gaby Margarita | Agudelo Suárez, Andrés A. | Ronda-Pérez, Elena
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Perinatal health | Birthweight | Gestational age | Immigrants | Spain
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: Feb-2017
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media New York
Citation: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2017, 19(1): 205-214. doi:10.1007/s10903-015-0317-7
Abstract: Ample evidence shows that, in many developed countries, immigrants have similar or better perinatal health outcomes than natives despite facing socioeconomic disadvantages in the host country (“healthy migrant paradox” –HMP). This scoping review aims to: (1) summarize the literature on perinatal health among immigrants and natives in Spain and (2) examine whether there is evidence of the HMP in a context of recent migration. A total of 25 articles published between 1998 and 2014 were reviewed. Overall, we found evidence of the HMP in low birthweight and to a lesser extent in preterm, though the patterns vary by origin, but not in macrosomia and post-term. The results are consistent across settings, levels of adjustment, and birth year. Policies should be oriented towards identifying the modifiable risk factors leading to a higher risk of macrosomia and post-term among immigrants.
Sponsor: SJ was funded by SIMSAM-Lund Early-life (VR # 2013-5474. PI Rignell-Hydbom). This review was carried out within the framework of a national review project across several research fields of the Subprogram of Immigration which belongs to the Health Consortium Biomedical Research Network, Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP).
ISSN: 1557-1912 (Print) | 1557-1920 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s10903-015-0317-7
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015. The final publication is available at Springer via
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