Health behaviors in adult Latin American immigrants of the Macarena de Sevilla district (Spain)

José Rafael González López, María de las Mercedes Lomas Campos, Jacinto García Fernández, Juana Pascualvaca Armario, María José Guardado González, Beatriz Muñoz Guardado, Antonia Caro Guerra, Eloisa Lagares Vallejo


Objective. To describe the health status of the immigrant Latin American population between 25 and 44 years old from the Macarena district of the city of Sevilla. Methodology. Cross-sectional study, it was employing a stratified ramdom sampling. It was conducted on 34 people, 16 men and 18 women, 25 to 44 years old. To collect the data a questionnaire that unified the instrument Surveillance System of Risk Factors associated to Noncommunicable Diseases in Adults and the Surveillance System of Risk Factors Risk Behavior was used. Data were analyzed with the SPSS 17.0 statistical software. Results. 38.2% of the sample perceived as good their health condition. 26.5% are unsure or don’t know about which is their Primary Care Center. 58.8% have never been attended to a nursing consult. 38.2% consume alcohol once a week and the 58.8% have selfmedicated. 67.7% of the sample use contraception, but only 43.5% also protect themselves from a sexually transmitted disease. Conclusion. Health behaviors were identified according to the origin and some related factors. This should be considered when designing and developing activities aimed at improving the health level in immigrants.

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