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Migrant Health

A Primary Care Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Bernadette N. Kumar, Esperanza Diaz

CRC Press

304 pages | 10 Color Illus. | 45 B/W Illus.

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In this time of large-scale global migration at levels unrivalled since World War II, primary care practitioners are providing the first line of care to economic immigrants and refugees. In doing so, they face daily the considerable challenges that this heterogenic group brings in terms of communication, culture, and legal status as well as physical and mental health. This accessible book has been carefully crafted to enable primary health care professionals to develop the skills and competencies required to deliver appropriate services to this diverse group of patients and, in turn, to ensure equity in health care for all.

Key features:

  • Highly practical focus, with clinical cases, learning objectives, concept and ‘What this Means in Practice’ boxes, and ‘Practical Tools for Meeting the Patient’ sections
  • Covers widely applicable themes in health care including health literacy, communication, the cultures and sub-cultures of systems
  • Fully referenced, combining policy, academic literature and practical advice with a broad international scope
  • Prestigious author team with chapters written by international contributors with in-depth subject expertise curated by expert editors
  • Endorsed and supported by the WONCA Special Interest Group on Migrant Care, International Health and Travel Medicine

The book satisfies the urgent need for a hands-on guide to support and help general practitioners and other members of the primary health care team improve their provision of care not only to immigrants, but to other vulnerable groups and the whole society.

Table of Contents



Background information – Kumar and Diaz

Part 1: Overarching Themes

    1. Migration and immigrants – BN Kumar & E Diaz
    2. Migration health theories: healthy migrant effect and allostatic load. Can both be true? – BN Kumar & E Diaz
    3. Culture, language and the clinic - three stories, two keys- I Heath & E Schei
    4. The Ethics of Migrant Health: Power and Privilege versus Rights and Entitlements. G Oms, R Hammonds & I Keygnaert
    5. Discrimination and health – J H Magnus
    6. Immigrants’ use of primary health care services: overuse, underuse or both? – E Diaz & BN Kumar
    7. Part 2: A life course perspective on migrant health- Y ben Shlomo, L Mamluk & S Redwood

    8. Promoting the Health of Migrant Children and Children of Immigrants –K M Perreira & L T Fadnes
    9. Adolescent migrant health –M Catallozzi, C A Kolff, R Fowler & T McGovern
    10. Health care for older and elderly immigrants – C O’Donnell
    11. Family and group as a unit of care - B Kiely &B Viken,
    12. Part 3: Health challenges at the clinic- M van den Muijsenbergh

    13. Gynaecology and obstetrics– B Austveg, K A Møen
    14. Chronic disease prevention and management: an understated priority N Nitti
    15. Understanding unexplained and complex symptoms and diseases- M Sodemann
    16. Cancer among immigrant patients- K Albrecht & S De Maesschalck
    17. Immigration and Mental health - R Farrington
    18. Multimorbidity- the complexity - A Calderón & L Gimeno
    19. Part 4: Opportunities and tools when meeting immigrant patients- C Phillips & J Benson

    20. Bridging Cultural and Language Discordance – E Diaz & BN Kumar
    21. Evidence Based Guidelines and Advocacy– K Pottie
    22. Diversity sensitive versus adapted services for immigrants: the example of dementia care in Germany - O Razum & H Tezcan-Guentekin
    23. Assessments tools for dementia an depression in older immigrants – T R Nielsen & M Nørredam
    24. Community participation in primary healthcare: meaningful involvement of immigrants- A MacFarlane & C Lionis

About the Editors

Bernadette N. Kumar

previously Director of the Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research (NAKMI), Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Esperanza Diaz

Associate Professor at the Institute for Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Norway


Senior Researcher at the Unit for Migration and Health,

Norwegian Public Health Institute

About the Series

WONCA Family Medicine

The WONCA Family Medicine series is a collection of books written by world-wide experts and practitioners of family medicine, in collaboration with The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).

WONCA is a not-for-profit organization and was founded in 1972 by member organizations in 18 countries. It now has 118 Member Organizations in 131 countries and territories with membership of about 500,000 family doctors and more than 90 per cent of the world’s population.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Emergency Medicine
MEDICAL / Family & General Practice
MEDICAL / Public Health