The extent of collection of information on migrant and asylum seeker status in routine health and social care data sources in England

Aspinall, P.J. (2007) The extent of collection of information on migrant and asylum seeker status in routine health and social care data sources in England. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care , 3 (4). pp. 3-13. ISSN 1747-9894 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

While efforts to mainstream collection of ethnicity in routine health datasets have gathered pace since the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, relatively little attention has focused on the capture of migrants, and data on asylum seekers and refugees are even more sparse. There is negligible coverage in the key datasets for primary and secondary care, and only a few of the new contract datasets to support the National Service Frameworks accord importance to the migrant population. Some of the communicable disease data collections record country of birth, but its incompleteness is a drawback. Given the growing size of the non-UK-born population and the accumulating evidence on the health and health care needs of the migrant population, country of birth merits a place alongside other access variables such as age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and place of residence in routine data collection. While record linkage studies offer some scope, and there is currently a focus on obtaining improved migration statistics in the forthcoming census and other data flows, health and social care sources remain a neglected area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: migration, asylum seekers, refugees, health datasets, census
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 08:50
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2012 10:40
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24447 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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