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Title: An exploration of Polish migrant health in the UK : what are the boundaries of current theoretical approaches?
Author: Hughes, Jennifer
ISNI:       0000 0004 2739 410X
Awarding Body: University of the West of England, Bristol
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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Recent research has suggested that migrants are physically healthier than the native population of the host country despite their relatively lower socio-economic status, and the challenges they encounter when migrating to a new country. This study explored the paradox of the 'healthy migrant effect' in an under researched migrant population in the UK. The aim was to investigate whether Polish migrants experience better health profiles in the UK compared to their own health back home, and to elucidate the possible explanatory mechanisms for this change in health profile. This was an exploratory piece of research using a qualitative approach. Based on the thematic analysis of 15 semi-structured interviews, three key themes were developed: Sharing a common culture and heritage with fellow Poles, Quality of life and opportunities in the UK, and Life stage and lifestyle choices. The analysis highlighted several significant topics which merit greater investigation namely: the importance of relationships between co-ethnics on migration, and more specifically around healthcare; the latent impact of poor working conditions on the health of migrants; and the influence of life stage on health behaviours. Several theoretical issues arising from the findings are considered such doctor-patient interaction, the relationship between alcohol and health and Quality of Life. The findings contribute to the current debate around migrant health, the potential changes in health behaviour experienced on migration, and the broader health policy arena. The provision of group-based, education and discussion sessions at a more local level is necessary for the maintenance of the health and wellbeing of Polish migrants in the UK.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Prof.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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