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Health status in migrant and seasonal farm workers, and other clients in a community and migrant health center

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dc.contributor.advisor Donatelle, Rebecca J.
dc.contributor.advisor Harding, Anna K.
dc.creator Greer, Marsha
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-17T18:19:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-17T18:19:45Z
dc.date.copyright 1995-06-08
dc.date.issued 1995-06-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/34500
dc.description Graduation date: 1996 en_US
dc.description.abstract Unknown questions remain concerning the health of migrant farm workers, seasonal farm workers, and other rural poor people. The objectives of this study were to determine the demographic profile of a sample from a Community and Migrant Health Center; to determine the prevalence of disease in migrant farm workers, seasonal farm workers and other clients; and to determine if differences existed in the prevalence of disease between the three occupational groups. Information from medical records for clients who visited an Oregon Community and Migrant Health Center during 1993 was abstracted to determine whether differences existed in demographic characteristics and in health status between migrant farm workers, seasonal farm workers, and other clients. A random sample of 600 medical charts was selected from the three occupational groups stratified by sex. The sample included adults and children classified as migrant or seasonal farm workers and other clients. Data abstracted from charts included socio-demographic information, physiologic measurements, biochemical testing results, and disease prevalence. Clients in this sample represented Latino (85.17%), Russian (4.8%), and Anglo (10%) cultures. Female clients who were not migrant or seasonal farm workers had a mean age of 27.42 years which was significantly different from the mean age of female migrant farm workers of 18.95 years, and of female seasonal farm workers of 20.35 years. Females who were not migrant or seasonal farm workers had significantly higher mean body mass indexes, and systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Female children classified as migrant farm worker had significantly higher blood lead levels than female children whose parents were not migrant or seasonal farm workers. Glucose levels for migrant farm workers was significantly higher than either of the other two occupational groups. Findings of the study indicated that common diagnoses included upper respiratory infection, otitis media, intestinal parasites or pathogens, dermatitis, and urinary tract infection. The most commonly reported injuries were due to lacerations and motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, 31.57% of PAP tests were abnormal, and violence against girls and women was reported. Diagnoses of chronic diseases included diabetes, hypertension, AIDS, cancer, and heart disease. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Migrant agricultural laborers -- Health and hygiene -- Oregon en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Seasonal labor -- Health aspects -- Oregon en_US
dc.title Health status in migrant and seasonal farm workers, and other clients in a community and migrant health center en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Public Health en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.discipline Health and Human Sciences en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Rossignol, Annette
dc.contributor.committeemember Hall, Roberta L.
dc.contributor.committeemember Malueg, Sally
dc.description.peerreview no en_us
dc.description.other File scanned at 300 ppi (Monochrome) using ScandAll PRO 1.8.1 on a Fi-6670 in PDF format. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR. en_US


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