ERIC Number: EJ790411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 1
Reason for Visit: Is Migrant Health Care that Different?
Henning, George F.; Graybill, Marie; George, John
Journal of Rural Health, v24 n2 p219-220 Spr 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the reasons for which migrant agricultural workers in Pennsylvania seek health care. Methods: Participants were individuals 14 years of age and over, actively involved in agricultural labor and presenting for medical care at 6 migrant health care centers. Bilingual health care providers randomly selected and interviewed the participants. Findings: The most commonly reported reason for visiting the health care provider was for physical examination. The most frequent acute problems were related to the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems. Frequently cited problems in the medical history were hypertension, musculoskeletal/back pain, and gastrointestinal conditions. Most medications being taken were for cardiovascular or pain-related problems. Conclusions: These results suggest that migrant workers present with medical problems that are similar to those of the general primary care population. Many problems were recurrent and represented common chronic medical conditions.
Descriptors: Medical Services, Pain, Physical Examinations, Migrant Workers, Agricultural Laborers, Public Health, Health Services, Access to Health Care, Physical Health, Diseases, Drug Therapy, Heart Disorders
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania