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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(12), 6354-6365; doi:10.3390/ijerph10126354

Issues to Consider When Measuring and Applying Socioeconomic Position Quantitatively in Immigrant Health Research

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Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, Section for Health Services Research, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5A, 1014 Copenhagen K, Denmark
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Steno Diabetes Center, Steno Health Promotion Center, Niels Steensensvej 8, 2820 Gentofte, Denmark
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Received: 18 September 2013 / Revised: 4 November 2013 / Accepted: 8 November 2013 / Published: 27 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Inequalities in Health)
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Abstract

The relationship between migration and health is complex, yet, immigrant-related inequalities in health are largely influenced by socioeconomic position. Drawing upon previous findings, this paper discusses issues to consider when measuring and applying socioeconomic position in quantitative immigrant health research. When measuring socioeconomic position, it is important to be aware of four aspects: (1) there is a lack of clarity about how socioeconomic position should be measured; (2) different types of socioeconomic position may be relevant to immigrants compared with the native-born population; (3) choices of measures of socioeconomic position in quantitative analyses often rely on data availability; and (4) different measures of socioeconomic position have different effects in population groups. Therefore, caution should be used in the collection, presentation, analyses, and interpretation of data and researchers need to display their proposed conceptual models and data limitations as well as apply different approaches for analyses.
Keywords: migrant; ethnic minority; socioeconomic position; socioeconomic status; health; measurement; quantitative; causal mechanisms; inequality; inequity migrant; ethnic minority; socioeconomic position; socioeconomic status; health; measurement; quantitative; causal mechanisms; inequality; inequity
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Nielsen, S.S.; Hempler, N.F.; Krasnik, A. Issues to Consider When Measuring and Applying Socioeconomic Position Quantitatively in Immigrant Health Research. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 6354-6365.

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