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Acculturation is associated with higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors among Chinese immigrants in Australia: Evidence from a large population-based cohort

  Background: Acculturation is associated with increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk-factors among immigrants in Western countries. Little is known about acculturation effects on CVD risks among Chinese immigrants, one of the fastest growing populations in Western countries. In this study, we aim to examine the association between acculturation and CVD risk-factors among Chinese immigrants, Australia’s third-largest foreign-born group.
Methods: We accessed a subsample of Chinese immigrants(n=3,220) within the 45-and-Up Study (2006-2009). Poisson regression model with a robust error variance examined the association between acculturation and CVD risk-factors, and prevalence ratios (PR) were reported, adjusted for socio-demographic characteristics. Indicators of acculturation included age at migration, length of Australian residence and language spoken at home. The outcomes were self-reported CVD diagnosis and six risk-factors (hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity).
Results: Mean age of Chinese participants was 58.9-years(SD=10.7) and 55.5% were women. Chinese migrating to Australia aged

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    24 October 2017

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • ISSN:

    2047-4873

  • Library of Congress:

    RT Nursing

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    610.73 Nursing

  • Funders:

    National Heart Foundation of Australia

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Jin, K., Gullick, J., Neubeck, L., Koo, F., & Ding, M. (2017). Acculturation is associated with higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors among Chinese immigrants in Australia: Evidence from a large population-based cohort. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology,

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