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Title: Immigrant status and disparities in health care delivery in patients with myocardial infarction
Authors: Lee, C.-H.
Choo, H.
Tai, B.-C. 
Chan, M.Y.
Phua, Q.-H.
Low, T.-T.
Richards, A.M.
Tan, H.-C.
Ow, R.
Yeo, T.-C.
Keywords: Disparities
Health care
Myocardial infarction
Socioeconomic status
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2013
Citation: Lee, C.-H., Choo, H., Tai, B.-C., Chan, M.Y., Phua, Q.-H., Low, T.-T., Richards, A.M., Tan, H.-C., Ow, R., Yeo, T.-C. (2013-07-01). Immigrant status and disparities in health care delivery in patients with myocardial infarction. International Journal of Cardiology 166 (3) : 696-701. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: We investigated the differences in socioeconomic status and quality health care between Singapore-born citizens and immigrants presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods: In a prospective study, patients admitted with STEMI were recruited for a questionnaire survey. The recruited patients were categorized based on their immigration status into Singapore-born citizens (SBC), foreign-born citizens (FBC), permanent residents (PR) and non-residents (NR). Results: Among the 374 recruited patients, 286 (76.5%) patients were categorized as SBC, and the remaining 88 (23.5%) as immigrants. Further breakdown of the immigrants revealed that 33 were FBC (median duration of living in Singapore, 53 years), 22 were PR (18 years), and 33 were NR (11 years). Significant differences in socioeconomic status among SBC, FBC, PR and NR were detected. NR were in the lowest, while PR in the highest, socioeconomic class based on occupation (p=0.003), education level (p
Source Title: International Journal of Cardiology
ISSN: 18741754
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