What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach

Spallek J, Zeeb H, Razum O (2011)
Emerging Themes in Epidemiology 8(1): 6.

Zeitschriftenaufsatz | Veröffentlicht | Englisch
Abstract / Bemerkung
ABSTRACT: Empirical findings show that morbidity and mortality risks of migrants can differ considerably from those of populations in the host countries. However, while several explanatory models have been developed, most migrant studies still do not consider explicitly the situation of migrants before migration. Here, we discuss an extended approach to understand migrant health comprising a life course epidemiology perspective.The incorporation of a life course perspective into a conceptual framework of migrant health enables the consideration of risk factors and disease outcomes over the different life phases of migrants, which is necessary to understand the health situation of migrants and their offspring. Comparison populations need to be carefully selected depending on the study questions under consideration within the life course framework.Migrant health research will benefit from an approach using a life course perspective. A critique of the theoretical foundations of migrant health research is essential for further developing both the theoretical framework of migrant health and related empirical studies.
Emerging Themes in Epidemiology
Open-Access-Publikationskosten wurden durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft und die Universität Bielefeld gefördert.
Page URI


Spallek J, Zeeb H, Razum O. What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. 2011;8(1): 6.
Spallek, J., Zeeb, H., & Razum, O. (2011). What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, 8(1), 6. doi:10.1186/1742-7622-8-6
Spallek, Jacob, Zeeb, Hajo, and Razum, Oliver. 2011. “What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach”. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology 8 (1): 6.
Spallek, J., Zeeb, H., and Razum, O. (2011). What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology 8:6.
Spallek, J., Zeeb, H., & Razum, O., 2011. What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, 8(1): 6.
J. Spallek, H. Zeeb, and O. Razum, “What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach”, Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, vol. 8, 2011, : 6.
Spallek, J., Zeeb, H., Razum, O.: What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. 8, : 6 (2011).
Spallek, Jacob, Zeeb, Hajo, and Razum, Oliver. “What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health status? a life course approach”. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology 8.1 (2011): 6.
Alle Dateien verfügbar unter der/den folgenden Lizenz(en):
Copyright Statement:
Dieses Objekt ist durch das Urheberrecht und/oder verwandte Schutzrechte geschützt. [...]
Access Level
OA Open Access
Zuletzt Hochgeladen
MD5 Prüfsumme

71 Zitationen in Europe PMC

Daten bereitgestellt von Europe PubMed Central.

Pathways to and Results of Psychiatric Consultation for Patients Referred from the Emergency Department. Are there Differences between Migrant and Native Patients?
Gramaglia C, Gambaro E, Delicato C, Di Marco S, Di Tullio E, Vecchi C, Bert F, Castello LM, Siliquini R, Avanzi G, Zeppegno P., Transcult Psychiatry 56(1), 2019
PMID: 30198829
Need for ensuring cultural competence in medical programmes of European universities.
Sorensen J, Norredam M, Suurmond J, Carter-Pokras O, Garcia-Ramirez M, Krasnik A., BMC Med Educ 19(1), 2019
PMID: 30646910
Do social factors and country of origin contribute towards explaining a "Latina paradox" among immigrant women giving birth in Germany?
Zolitschka KA, Miani C, Breckenkamp J, Brenne S, Borde T, David M, Razum O., BMC Public Health 19(1), 2019
PMID: 30755186
Aussiedler Mortality (AMOR): cohort studies on ethnic German migrants from the Former Soviet Union.
Winkler V, Kaucher S, Deckert A, Leier V, Holleczek B, Meisinger C, Razum O, Becher H., BMJ Open 9(2), 2019
PMID: 30798314
Healthy migrant effect in the Swedish context: a register-based, longitudinal cohort study.
Helgesson M, Johansson B, Nordquist T, Vingård E, Svartengren M., BMJ Open 9(3), 2019
PMID: 30878993
Outcomes of patients lost to follow-up after antiretroviral therapy initiation in rural north-eastern South Africa.
Ambia J, Kabudula C, Risher K, Xavier Gómez-Olivé F, Rice BD, Etoori D, Reniers G., Trop Med Int Health 24(6), 2019
PMID: 30920699
Trends in Belgian cause-specific mortality by migrant origin between the 1990s and the 2000s.
Vanthomme K, Vandenheede H., BMC Public Health 19(1), 2019
PMID: 30991986
Clarity in research frameworks for studying 'health selective migration'.
Norman PD., J Epidemiol Community Health 72(6), 2018
PMID: 29581227
Refugees and family-reunified immigrants have a high incidence of HIV diagnosis and late presentation compared with Danish born: a nationwide register-based cohort study.
Deen L, Cowan S, Wejse C, Petersen JH, Norredam M, ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Travellers and Migrants., Infection 46(5), 2018
PMID: 29971691
Cancer Incidence and Mortality Among Ethnic German Migrants From the Former Soviet Union.
Kaucher S, Kajüter H, Becher H, Winkler V., Front Oncol 8(), 2018
PMID: 30254988
Self-rated health among migrants from the former Soviet Union in Germany: a cross-sectional study.
Stolpe S, Ouma M, Winkler V, Meisinger C, Becher H, Deckert A., BMJ Open 8(10), 2018
PMID: 30361404
Innovative ways of studying the effect of migration on obesity and diabetes beyond the common designs: lessons from the RODAM study.
Agyemang C, Beune E, Meeks K, Addo J, Aikins AD, Bahendeka S, Danquah I, Mockenhaupt FP, Schulze MB, Klipstein-Grobusch K, Smeeth L, Stronks K., Ann N Y Acad Sci 1391(1), 2017
PMID: 27706830
The global dynamics of diabetes and tuberculosis: the impact of migration and policy implications.
Girardi E, Sañé Schepisi M, Goletti D, Bates M, Mwaba P, Yeboah-Manu D, Ntoumi F, Palmieri F, Maeurer M, Zumla A, Ippolito G., Int J Infect Dis 56(), 2017
PMID: 28153793
Inequalities by immigrant status in depressive symptoms in Europe: the role of integration policy regimes.
Malmusi D, Palència L, Ikram UZ, Kunst AE, Borrell C., Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 52(4), 2017
PMID: 28194503
Acculturation and health-related quality of life: results from the German National Cohort migrant feasibility study.
Brand T, Samkange-Zeeb F, Ellert U, Keil T, Krist L, Dragano N, Jöckel KH, Razum O, Reiss K, Greiser KH, Zimmermann H, Becher H, Zeeb H., Int J Public Health 62(5), 2017
PMID: 28255647
Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders among first and second generation individuals with Turkish migration backgrounds in Germany.
Dingoyan D, Schulz H, Kluge U, Penka S, Vardar A, von Wolff A, Strehle J, Wittchen HU, Koch U, Heinz A, Mösko M., BMC Psychiatry 17(1), 2017
PMID: 28490323
Interventions to improve immigrant health. A scoping review.
Diaz E, Ortiz-Barreda G, Ben-Shlomo Y, Holdsworth M, Salami B, Rammohan A, Chung RY, Padmadas SS, Krafft T., Eur J Public Health 27(3), 2017
PMID: 28339883
The variation in the health status of immigrants and Italians during the global crisis and the role of socioeconomic factors.
Petrelli A, Di Napoli A, Rossi A, Costanzo G, Mirisola C, Gargiulo L., Int J Equity Health 16(1), 2017
PMID: 28606147
Changes in Sports Participation across Transition to Retirement: Modification by Migration Background and Acculturation Status.
Schönbach JK, Pfinder M, Börnhorst C, Zeeb H, Brand T., Int J Environ Res Public Health 14(11), 2017
PMID: 29117151
Socioeconomic status and biomedical risk factors in migrants and native tuberculosis patients in Italy.
Pittalis S, Piselli P, Contini S, Gualano G, Alma MG, Tadolini M, Piccioni P, Bocchino M, Matteelli A, Bonora S, Di Biagio A, Franzetti F, Carbonara S, Gori A, Sotgiu G, Palmieri F, Ippolito G, Girardi E., PLoS One 12(12), 2017
PMID: 29253014
Cardiovascular disease incidence and survival: Are migrants always worse off?
Byberg S, Agyemang C, Zwisler AD, Krasnik A, Norredam M., Eur J Epidemiol 31(7), 2016
PMID: 25968173
Ethnic differences in asthma treatment among Swedish adolescents: A multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity.
Cantarero-Arévalo L, Perez Vicente R, Juarez SP, Merlo J., Scand J Public Health 44(2), 2016
PMID: 26553248
[Migration: A neglected dimension of inequalities in health?].
Razum O, Karrasch L, Spallek J., Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 59(2), 2016
PMID: 26661589
Patterns of pharmaceutical use for immigrants to Spain and Norway: a comparative study of prescription databases in two European countries.
Gimeno-Feliu LA, Calderón-Larrañaga A, Prados-Torres A, Revilla-López C, Diaz E., Int J Equity Health 15(), 2016
PMID: 26912255
Differences in hospital attendance for anaphylaxis between immigrants and non-immigrants: a cohort study.
Norredam M, Sheikh A, Dynnes Svendsen K, Holm Petersen J, Garvey LH, Kristiansen M., Clin Exp Allergy 46(7), 2016
PMID: 26861961
Inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities in European birth cohort studies-a scoping review.
Grosser A, Razum O, Vrijkotte TG, Hinz IM, Spallek J., Eur J Public Health 26(6), 2016
PMID: 27259721
Aging and health among migrants in a European perspective.
Kristiansen M, Razum O, Tezcan-Güntekin H, Krasnik A., Public Health Rev 37(), 2016
PMID: 29450062
Remigration of migrants with severe disease: myth or reality?--a register-based cohort study.
Norredam M, Hansen OH, Petersen JH, Kunst AE, Kristiansen M, Krasnik A, Agyemang C., Eur J Public Health 25(1), 2015
PMID: 25201902
Reviewing the topic of migration and health as a new national health target for Germany.
Brzoska P, Ellert U, Kimil A, Razum O, Sass AC, Salman R, Zeeb H., Int J Public Health 60(1), 2015
PMID: 25387986
Suicide and external mortality pattern in a cohort of migrants from the former Soviet Union to Germany.
Deckert A, Winkler V, Meisinger C, Heier M, Becher H., J Psychiatr Res 63(), 2015
PMID: 25770349
Moving the dial to advance population health equity in New York City Asian American populations.
Trinh-Shevrin C, Kwon SC, Park R, Nadkarni SK, Islam NS., Am J Public Health 105 Suppl 3(), 2015
PMID: 25905858
[Accessibility and quality of rehabilitative services among migrants in Germany].
Brzoska P, Razum O., Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 58(6), 2015
PMID: 25861042
Health inequality between immigrants and natives in Spain: the loss of the healthy immigrant effect in times of economic crisis.
Gotsens M, Malmusi D, Villarroel N, Vives-Cases C, Garcia-Subirats I, Hernando C, Borrell C., Eur J Public Health 25(6), 2015
PMID: 26136466
Challenges in the provision of healthcare services for migrants: a systematic review through providers' lens.
Suphanchaimat R, Kantamaturapoj K, Putthasri W, Prakongsai P., BMC Health Serv Res 15(), 2015
PMID: 26380969
Mortality in adult immigrants in the 2000s in Belgium: a test of the 'healthy-migrant' and the 'migration-as-rapid-health-transition' hypotheses.
Vandenheede H, Willaert D, De Grande H, Simoens S, Vanroelen C., Trop Med Int Health 20(12), 2015
PMID: 26426523
Multimorbidity among registered immigrants in Norway: the role of reason for migration and length of stay.
Diaz E, Kumar BN, Gimeno-Feliu LA, Calderón-Larrañaga A, Poblador-Pou B, Prados-Torres A., Trop Med Int Health 20(12), 2015
PMID: 26426974
Myocardial infarction incidence and ischemic heart disease mortality: overall and trend results in repatriates, Germany.
Deckert A, Winkler V, Meisinger C, Heier M, Becher H., Eur J Public Health 24(1), 2014
PMID: 23729483
Duration of residence and disease occurrence among refugees and family reunited immigrants: test of the 'healthy migrant effect' hypothesis.
Norredam M, Agyemang C, Hoejbjerg Hansen OK, Petersen JH, Byberg S, Krasnik A, Kunst AE., Trop Med Int Health 19(8), 2014
PMID: 24889930
How immigrants adapt their smoking behaviour: comparative analysis among Turkish immigrants in Germany and the Netherlands.
Reiss K, Sauzet O, Breckenkamp J, Spallek J, Razum O., BMC Public Health 14(), 2014
PMID: 25124365
Sizable variations in circulatory disease mortality by region and country of birth in six European countries.
Rafnsson SB, Bhopal RS, Agyemang C, Fagot-Campagna A, Harding S, Hammar N, Hedlund E, Juel K, Primatesta P, Rosato M, Rey G, Wild SH, Mackenbach JP, Stirbu I, Kunst AE., Eur J Public Health 23(4), 2013
PMID: 23478207
Migration and health in an increasingly diverse Europe.
Rechel B, Mladovsky P, Ingleby D, Mackenbach JP, McKee M., Lancet 381(9873), 2013
PMID: 23541058
Migrant background and weight gain in early infancy: results from the German study sample of the IDEFICS study.
Reeske A, Spallek J, Bammann K, Eiben G, De Henauw S, Kourides Y, Nagy P, Ahrens W., PLoS One 8(4), 2013
PMID: 23593270
Issues to consider when measuring and applying socioeconomic position quantitatively in immigrant health research.
Nielsen SS, Hempler NF, Krasnik A., Int J Environ Res Public Health 10(12), 2013
PMID: 24287857
Cancer mortality patterns among Turkish immigrants in four European countries and in Turkey.
Spallek J, Arnold M, Razum O, Juel K, Rey G, Deboosere P, Mackenbach JP, Kunst AE., Eur J Epidemiol 27(12), 2012
PMID: 23179631

40 References

Daten bereitgestellt von Europe PubMed Central.

Migration, Mortalität und der Healthy-migrant-Effekt
[The healthy migrant effect: role of selection and late entry bias]
Razum O, Rohrmann S., Gesundheitswesen 64(2), 2002
PMID: 11904847
Erklärungsmodelle für die gesundheitliche Situation von Migrantinnen und Migranten

Life course epidemiology.
Kuh D, Ben-Shlomo Y, Lynch J, Hallqvist J, Power C., J Epidemiol Community Health 57(10), 2003
PMID: 14573579
Associations of obesity markers, insulin, and sex hormones with HDL-cholesterol levels in Turkish and German individuals.
Hergenc G, Schulte H, Assmann G, von Eckardstein A., Atherosclerosis 145(1), 1999
PMID: 10428305
Turkish Heart Study: lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins.
Mahley RW, Palaoglu KE, Atak Z, Dawson-Pepin J, Langlois AM, Cheung V, Onat H, Fulks P, Mahley LL, Vakar F., J. Lipid Res. 36(4), 1995
PMID: 7616127
Why might South Asians be so susceptible to central obesity and its atherogenic consequences? The adipose tissue overflow hypothesis.
Sniderman AD, Bhopal R, Prabhakaran D, Sarrafzadegan N, Tchernof A., Int J Epidemiol 36(1), 2007
PMID: 17510078
All-cause and cardiovascular mortality among ethnic German immigrants from the Former Soviet Union: a cohort study.
Ronellenfitsch U, Kyobutungi C, Becher H, Razum O., BMC Public Health 6(), 2006
PMID: 16438727
Cancer patterns among children of Turkish descent in Germany: a study at the German Childhood Cancer Registry.
Spallek J, Spix C, Zeeb H, Kaatsch P, Razum O., BMC Public Health 8(), 2008
PMID: 18462495
Turks in the New Germany
Common infections and the risk of stroke.
Grau AJ, Urbanek C, Palm F., Nat Rev Neurol 6(12), 2010
PMID: 21060340
A life course approach to chronic disease epidemiology.
Lynch J, Smith GD., Annu Rev Public Health 26(), 2005
PMID: 15760279
A life course approach to obesity
Cancer incidence rate ratios of Turkish immigrants in Hamburg, Germany: A registry based study.
Spallek J, Arnold M, Hentschel S, Razum O., Cancer Epidemiol 33(6), 2009
PMID: 19900846
Risk of cervical cancer among immigrants by age at immigration and follow-up time in Sweden, from 1968 to 2004.
Azerkan F, Zendehdel K, Tillgren P, Faxelid E, Sparen P., Int. J. Cancer 123(11), 2008
PMID: 18770518
Die Lebenslaufperspektive gesundheitlicher Ungleichheit: Konzepte und Forschungsergebnisse
Cancer mortality rates among first and second generation migrants in the Netherlands: Convergence toward the rates of the native Dutch population.
Stirbu I, Kunst AE, Vlems FA, Visser O, Bos V, Deville W, Nijhuis HG, Coebergh JW., Int. J. Cancer 119(11), 2006
PMID: 16929492
Hodgkin's lymphoma in Chinese migrants to British Columbia: a 25-year survey.
Au WY, Gascoyne RD, Gallagher RE, Le N, Klasa RD, Liang RH, Choy C, Foo W, Connors JM., Ann. Oncol. 15(4), 2004
PMID: 15033671
Dietary acculturation and the nutrition transition: an overview.
Satia JA., Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 35(2), 2010
PMID: 20383236
Cancer risk diversity in non-western migrants to Europe: An overview of the literature

Markieren/ Markierung löschen
Markierte Publikationen

Open Data PUB


PMID: 21843354
PubMed | Europe PMC

Suchen in

Google Scholar