2019-03-14Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.25646/5874
Improving the information base regarding the health of people with a migration background. Project description and initial findings from IMIRA
Germany is an immigration country and nearly a quarter of its population has a migration background. Thus, there is increasingly a need for reliable information on the health situation of people with a migration background. The Robert Koch Institute is in charge of expanding its health monitoring to improve the representation of people with a migration background in interview and examination surveys. Studies adequately need to reflect the health status of people with a migration background and currently the Robert Koch Institute’s representative interview and examination surveys for adults do not fully achieve this. At the end of 2016, therefore, the Improving Health Monitoring in Migrant Populations (IMIRA) project was initiated aiming to expand the Robert Koch Institute’s health monitoring to people with migration background and improve their involvement in health surveys in the long-term. This includes carrying out two feasibility studies to test strategies to reach and recruit people with migration background for interview surveys and develop measures to overcome language barriers in examination surveys. In order to expand health reporting on migration and health, a reporting concept and a core indicator set will be developed and the potential of (secondary) data sources will be tested. Furthermore, plans foresee the testing and further development of relevant specific migration sensitive survey instruments and indicators, as well as increasing networking with relevant stakeholders.
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