Is There Disparity in Cardiovascular Health between Migrant Workers and Native Workers?

Hyeonkyeong Lee, Sunghye Cho, Yune Kyong Kim, Jung Hee Kim

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The purpose of this study was to identify the probability of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its association with metabolic syndrome (MS) risk factors among middle-aged Korean Chinese (KC) migrant women workers compared to comparable native Korean (NK) women workers. Using matched samples based on the propensity score matching method, 10-year CVD risk was calculated and MS risk factors identified. Logistic regression and classification and regression tree (CART) analysis were conducted. The probability of KC migrants' 10-year CVD risk was significantly lower (6.4%) than NK women risk (7.8%, t = 1.99, p =.048). Blood pressure of 130/85 mmHg or higher was found to be a significant risk factor for 10-year CVD risk in both groups. The findings support existing knowledge about the healthy immigrant effect on CVD and MS risk factors. The findings could be the basis for occupational health professionals to pursue policy initiatives and public health and occupational health interventions to improve CVD outcomes among migrant women workers including KC migrants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-358
Number of pages9
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 1

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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