Title

Predictors of preventive health practices, chronic disease burden and health status among underserved Bangladeshi Americans in Michigan

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Department/School

Nursing

Publication Title

Journal of Community Health

Abstract

© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. The Bangladeshi American community in Michigan is growing rapidly. Little is known about the correlates of health status and preventive health services among Bangladeshi Americans. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between demographic factors, preventive health practices, chronic conditions and health status of this population. Data were collected through self-administered surveys during community events in Hamtramck, Michigan and analyzed using descriptive statistics and multiple linear regression. The surveys were completed by 166 Bangladeshi Americans. A majority reported not having an up-to-date physical/dental exams, colorectal, cervical, or breast cancer screening. The length of U.S. residency was associated with cancer screening utilization while employment status was correlated with self-reported health status. Our results demonstrate a need for development and implementation of language-appropriate and cultural interventions to address the unique healthcare needs of this growing population.

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