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Access to Primary Care and Preventative Health Services of Migrants

  • Aldo Rosano


  • Is the first known publication to deal with primary healthcare access among migrants in a comprehensive way

  • Brings together the contributions of 30 leading researchers in the field of migrant health that present studies and reflections

  • Provides tools for policy makers to assess the current status of access to preventive health services for migrants


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Access to Preventive Health Services of Migrants and Lifestyles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anteo Di Napoli, Alessio Petrelli, Alessandra Rossi, Concetta Mirisola, Aldo Rosano
      Pages 3-10
    3. Teresa Spadea, Raffaella Rusciani, Luisa Mondo, Giuseppe Costa
      Pages 57-64
  3. Primary Health Care and Migrants: Quality, Adaptation, Best Practice and Health Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Laura Cacciani, Nera Agabiti, Marina Davoli, Teresa Dalla Zuanna, Cristina Canova
      Pages 67-81
    3. Sonia Dias, Inês Fronteira, Ana Gama, Andrea Pita Gróz, Deniz Mardin, Jorge Simões et al.
      Pages 99-109
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 111-115

About this book


This salient volume surveys the state of access to primary care and preventive health services by migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers across Europe. Experts in public health and allied fields identify obstacles to healthcare interventions for migrants, including costs, legal status, health-related behaviors and beliefs, and cultural and language barriers. The book includes the latest data concerning access to specific preventive services (e.g., vaccinations, colorectal screenings), specific issues of women and sexual minorities, and the potential for health promotion in prevention. Best practices for improving access are outlined as a basis for public health and policy directives toward reducing health disparities between migrant and native populations. 

Among the topics covered: 

  • Access to medical examination for prevention among migrants
  • Access and barriers to infant vaccinations, female cancer screening and colorectal screening among migrant populations
  • Provision and policy gap between the primary and preventive care required by and the care provided to LGBTQ+ migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
  • Health related lifestyles and intermediate health conditions of migrants.
  • Quality of primary healthcare and preventive health services provided to migrants
  • Adaptations of primary health care for migrants
  • Access to primary health care and policies on migration and health at a time of economic crisis

 Dedicated to bridging research and policy gaps in this vital area, Primary Care Access and Preventive Health Services of Migrants is intended for an international audience of academics, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in public health and related disciplines.


migrant and refugee health health equity primary care access preventive health services European Union childhood immunization primary prevention ethnic minorities avoidable hospitalization cervical and breast cancer screening colorectal screening health-related lifestyles and behaviors LGBTQ health asylum seekers healthcare disparities cultural barriers to care targeted prevention programs risk perception research and health policy gap health systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Aldo Rosano
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of HealthRomeItaly

About the editors

​Aldo Rosano, PhD, is senior researcher at National Institute of Health (ISS) in Rome, Italy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Access to Primary Care and Preventative Health Services of Migrants
  • Editors Aldo Rosano
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Public Health
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Public Health
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-73629-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-73630-3
  • Series ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-3701
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 115
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Health Administration
    Primary Care Medicine
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Public Health


“Throughout the book, the content of the text continues to address relevant issues in interpersonal care. By addressing interventions for migrants, health-related, and beliefs that stem from cultural and language barriers. … The book provides an eye-opening perspective of the healthcare and legal systems. Which provide the reader with the knowledge and skills to create necessary changes in these systems.” (Alissa S. Caskey, Journal of Interprofessional Care,, December, 2018)​

“The book is precise and effective for its intended purpose. … This is an important book to remind practitioners about the growing health concerns and needs of the increasing migrant population in Europe.” (Vicki M Shah, Doody's Book Reviews, March, 22 , 2019)