Accessibility of health and social services to immigrant elders: The Islington Study

Livingston, Gill and Leavey, Gerard and Kitchen, Ginnette and Manela, Monica and Sembhi, S. and Katona, Cornelius (2002) Accessibility of health and social services to immigrant elders: The Islington Study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 180 . pp. 369-373. ISSN 0007-1250. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background Numbers of immigrant elders are increasing and it is unclear whether they can access services. Aims To examine service utilisation of older immigrants compared with their UK-born counterparts and relate it to health difficulties. Method Cross-sectional study in inner London measuring service use, mental health and disability. Results A total of 1085 people aged greater than or equal to65 years were interviewed. Independent predictors of contact with a general practitioner included being born in Cyprus, Cypriots were the only immigrant population to report significantly more somatic symptoms than those born in the UK (P=0.005). Africans and Caribbeans used day care and other social services most frequently. Conclusions Immigrants could access services. Africans and Caribbeans appear to have poorer physical health and thus have greater contact with services, Cypriots who experience depression may present with prominent somatic symptoms. This is likely to be due to a different idiom of distress.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2008 10:40
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 13:48
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