Table 4

Crude odds ratios for self-reported health status, lifestyle behaviours and health service utilisation for being a migrant (nraw= 1543)
Registered (n = 793) Migrants (n = 750) Migrant Status
n (%) n (%) Crude OR (95% C.I.)
Age-comparative perceived health status (better)1 311 (39.5) 329 (44.9) 1.00 (0.66, 1.52)
Smoking status - current smoker2 202 (25.5) 239 (31.9) 1.32** (1.04, 1.67)
Alcohol drinker pattern - regular drinker2 564 (71.1) 547 (72.9) 1.01 (0.80, 1.28)
Self-reported chronic health conditions 3 119 (15.0) 63 (8.4) 0.48*** (0.34, 0.67)
Health problem in previous 30 days3 155 (19.5) 125 (16.7) 0.83 (0.63, 1.10)
Doctor consultation in previous 30 days3 53 (6.7) 37 (4.9) 0.67 (0.43, 1.06)
Hospital admission in previous 12 months3 38 (4.8) 22 (2.9) 0.51* (0.29, 0.89)
Source of healthcare service utilitsation4
 Tier 1 (Community health centre and private clinics) 128 (16.1) 159 (21.2) 1
 Tier 2 (Regional hospital) 134 (16.9) 159 (21.2) 0.98 (0.69, 1.38)
 Tier 3 (Municipal/ Provincial hospital) 291 (36.7) 168 (22.4) 0.45*** (0.32, 0.61)

Note: C.I. denotes lower and upper limit of 95% confidence interval.

1Age-comparative perceived health status was dichotomised (reference = worse).

2Smoking status and alcohol drinking pattern were dichotomised (reference = never smoker/drinker).

3Variables were dichotomised chronic health conditions (reference = absence of disease), health problems in previous 30 days (reference = none), doctor consultation in previous 30 days (reference = none), hospitalisation in previous 12 months (reference = none).

4Source of healthcare service utilisation was segregated into three tiers (Table 1) (reference = tier 1).

Statistical significance of p-values are denoted by * (p < 0.05), ** (p <0.01) & *** (p < 0.001).

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