Self-reported cardiovascular risk factors in immigrants and Swiss nationals.

Grossmann, Florian F.; Leventhal, Marcia E.; Auer-Böer, Bernhard; Wanner, Philippe; Bischoff, Alexander (2011). Self-reported cardiovascular risk factors in immigrants and Swiss nationals. Public health nursing, 28(2), pp. 129-139. Wiley 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00896.x

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the prevalence of self-reported cardiovascular risk factors differs between immigrants and Swiss nationals. DESIGN AND SAMPLE This study is a secondary data analysis of the Swiss Health Survey 2002, a cross-sectional survey. In total, 19,249 individuals living in Switzerland were included. MEASURES The prevalence of hypertension, high cholesterol level, smoking, diabetes, overweight, low fruit and vegetable intake, and physical inactivity were calculated for major immigrant groups and Swiss nationals. Demographic data were used to control for age and socioeconomic status. RESULTS Major immigrant groups were people from Italy, Germany, former Yugoslavia, Spain, Portugal, France, and Turkey. Compared with Swiss women, women from former Yugoslavia were more likely to have hypertension, and women from Germany were more likely to have high cholesterol levels. Women from Italy, former Yugoslavia, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey were more likely to show physical inactivity and (except Turkish women) to be overweight. Men from these countries (except Spanish men) were more likely to be overweight than Swiss men. CONCLUSIONS Differences exist in the prevalence of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors between Swiss nationals and many of the immigrant groups. Age and socioeconomic status could only partly explain the differences.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Health Professions > Nursing
School of Health Professions > G Teaching


Grossmann, Florian F.;
Leventhal, Marcia E.;
Auer-Böer, Bernhard0000-0001-8278-2787;
Wanner, Philippe and
Bischoff, Alexander


R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing








Bernhard Auer-Böer

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19 May 2021 10:59

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