Health Care and Health Status of Immigrant Women Married to Koreans in the Visiting Care Center
방문간호를 받는 결혼이민여성의 건강관리와 건강상태
유, 문숙; 박, 진희; 오, 숙희; 김, 용순
Journal of Korean Academic Society of Home Health Care Nursing, 15(2):75-81, 2008
Journal of Korean Academic Society of Home Health Care Nursing; 가정간호학회지
Purpose: We analyzed the health care and health status of immigrant women married to Koreans in our community. Methods: We recruited 204 women who live in S Cityfrom 1st August to 30th September, 2008. A cross-sectional descriptive survey was done using a questionnaire through interviews and physical assessment by visiting nurses. Results: The average age of the subjects was 29.8 and most of them were housewives. Sixteen percent of them obese as measured by BMI. Moreover, most participants (86%) did not exercise at all. Over 13% complained of physical discomfort that was left untreated, and only 50% participated in cancer screening. Conclusions: Young, obese immigrant women require further health care monitoring. Caregivers also should ask about physical discomfort and cancer screenings. However, caregivers should do so in a culturally sensitive manner. In addition, the government should support cancer detection programs for immigrant women.
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