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Noninfectious disease among the Bhutanese refugee population at a United States urban clinic.

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Kumar, GS; Varma, S; Saenger, MS; Burleson, M; Kohrt, BA; Cantey, P
Published in: J Immigr Minor Health
October 2014

A large number of Bhutanese are currently being resettled to the United States. A high prevalence of noninfectious diseases has been noted in some refugee groups, but data on the Bhutanese refugee population are lacking. A retrospective, chart review study was conducted to determine proportion of noninfectious disease among ethnically Nepali Bhutanese refugees (n = 66) seen at the Grady Refugee Clinic (GRC). GRC disease proportions included the following: 52 % of the patients were overweight/obese (n = 34), 23 % were hypertensive (n = 15), 12 % had vitamin B(12) deficiency (n = 8), 15 % had depression (n = 10), and 14 % had diabetes (n = 9). Nine (90 %) patients with depression had chronic disease compared to 30 (54 %) of the patients without depression. The study found a substantial burden of chronic disease, micronutrient deficiency, and depression in the GRC. Further research is needed to accurately describe the disease burden in refugee populations and to evaluate pre-resettlement disease prevention strategies to provide a framework for future public health interventions.

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Published In

J Immigr Minor Health

DOI

EISSN

1557-1920

Publication Date

October 2014

Volume

16

Issue

5

Start / End Page

922 / 925

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Vitamin B 12 Deficiency
  • Urban Health Services
  • United States
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Refugees
  • Public Health
  • Obesity
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
 

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Kumar, G. S., Varma, S., Saenger, M. S., Burleson, M., Kohrt, B. A., & Cantey, P. (2014). Noninfectious disease among the Bhutanese refugee population at a United States urban clinic. J Immigr Minor Health, 16(5), 922–925. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-013-9800-1
Kumar, Gayathri S., Selina Varma, Michael S. Saenger, Molly Burleson, Brandon A. Kohrt, and Paul Cantey. “Noninfectious disease among the Bhutanese refugee population at a United States urban clinic.J Immigr Minor Health 16, no. 5 (October 2014): 922–25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-013-9800-1.
Kumar GS, Varma S, Saenger MS, Burleson M, Kohrt BA, Cantey P. Noninfectious disease among the Bhutanese refugee population at a United States urban clinic. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Oct;16(5):922–5.
Kumar, Gayathri S., et al. “Noninfectious disease among the Bhutanese refugee population at a United States urban clinic.J Immigr Minor Health, vol. 16, no. 5, Oct. 2014, pp. 922–25. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10903-013-9800-1.
Kumar GS, Varma S, Saenger MS, Burleson M, Kohrt BA, Cantey P. Noninfectious disease among the Bhutanese refugee population at a United States urban clinic. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Oct;16(5):922–925.
Journal cover image

Published In

J Immigr Minor Health

DOI

EISSN

1557-1920

Publication Date

October 2014

Volume

16

Issue

5

Start / End Page

922 / 925

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Vitamin B 12 Deficiency
  • Urban Health Services
  • United States
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Refugees
  • Public Health
  • Obesity
  • Middle Aged
  • Male