Predictors of Preventive Health Practices, Chronic Disease Burden and Health Status Among Underserved Bangladeshi Americans in Michigan
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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.
KeywordsHealth disparities Asian Americans Breast cancer Colorectal cancer Cancer screening
The authors would like to thank all the individuals who participated in the study and appreciate the assistance from the team members of Healthy Asian Americans Project (HAAP) and Mohammad Saiful Islam for their assistance with data collection.
All authors contributed to the study conception and design. Material preparation, data collection and analysis were performed by Tsu-Yin Wu and Vedhika Raghunathan. The first draft of the manuscript was written by Tsu-Yin Wu and all authors commented on previous versions of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The study was supported by Michigan Departmnet of Health and Human Services, Health Disparities and Minority Health Section.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
The study protocol was reviewed and approved by Eastern Michigan University Institutional Review Board for research involving human as subjects and informed consent was obtained from participants prior to the study.
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