Immigrants’ utilization of a public emergency primary health care clinic in Oslo: A cross-sectional study among walk-in patients at Oslo Accident and Emergency Outpatient Clinic
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AbstractThis PhD thesis indicates that immigrants in Oslo, including both immigrants and Norwegian-born with immigrant parents, utilize the walk-in services at the Oslo Accident and Emergency Outpatient clinic (OAEOC ) more than would be predicted by their representation within the general population in the city. The proportional representation of immigrants and Norwegian-born with immigrant parents at the general emergency outpatient clinic is higher, whereas at the trauma clinic the representation is similar to the group’s representation in the city population. The findings highlight a discrepancy between assessments of the level of urgency by walk-in patients and those by doctors for consultations at the general emergency outpatient clinic. Immigrants from Eastern Europe, Asia and Turkey, and Africa more often assess a higher level of urgency for their consultation compared with Norwegians. Finally, immigrants in general and labour immigrants from Sweden and Poland in particular, report a lower rate of registration with the RGP scheme than Norwegians. In contrast, the affiliation rates of Norwegian-born with immigrant parents are similar to those of Norwegians.
List of papers
|Paper I: Ruud SE, Aga R, Natvig B, Hjortdahl P (2015) Use of emergency care services by immigrants—a survey of walk-in patients who attended the Oslo Accident and Emergency Outpatient Clinic. BMC Emerg Med. 2015;15:25. Published online: October 2015. DOI: 10.1186/s12873-015-0055-0. The article is included in the thesis. Also avilable at http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-51570|
|Paper II: Ruud SE, Hjortdahl P, Natvig B (2016) Is it a matter of urgency? A survey of assessments by walk-in patients and doctors of the urgency level of their encounters at a general emergency outpatient clinic in Oslo, Norway. BMC Emerg Med. 2016;16:22. Published online: July 2016. DOI: 10.1186/s12873-016-0086-1. The article is included in the thesis. Also available at http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-54114|
|Paper III: Ruud SE, Hjortdahl P, Natvig B (2017) Reasons for attending a general emergency outpatient clinic versus a regular general practitioner – a survey among immigrant and native walk-in patients in Oslo, Norway. Scand J Prim Health Care. 2017;35:35-45. Published online: February 2017. DOI: 10.1080/02813432.2017.1288817. The article is included in the thesis. Also available at http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-58350|