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Wångdahl, J., Lytsy, P., Mårtensson, L. & Westerling, R. (2018). Comprehensive health literacy is associated with experiences of the health examination for asylum seekers - A Swedish cross-sectional study. Paper presented at 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, 17-19 May 2018, Edinburgh.. European Journal of Public Health, 28, 136-136
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Comprehensive health literacy is associated with experiences of the health examination for asylum seekers - A Swedish cross-sectional study
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, p. 136-136Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
OXFORD UNIV PRESS, 2018
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358417 (URN)10.1093/eurpub/cky048.075 (DOI)000432430700391 ()
Conference
1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, 17-19 May 2018, Edinburgh.
Available from: 2018-08-31 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved
Wångdahl, J., Westerling, R., Lytsy, P. & Mårtensson, L. (2018). Experiences of the health examination for asylum seekers - focus group discussions with Arabic and Somali speaking refugees in Sweden. European Journal of Public Health, 28, 135-136
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experiences of the health examination for asylum seekers - focus group discussions with Arabic and Somali speaking refugees in Sweden
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, p. 135-136Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358415 (URN)000432430700389 ()
Available from: 2018-08-31 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved
Åkerman, E., Essén, B., Westerling, R. & Larsson, E. (2018). Healthcare-seeking behaviour among Thai-born women in Sweden: a qualitative study. European Journal of Public Health, 28, 159-160
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Healthcare-seeking behaviour among Thai-born women in Sweden: a qualitative study
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, p. 159-160Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358419 (URN)000432430700463 ()
Available from: 2018-08-31 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved
Wångdahl, J., Lytsy, P., Mårtensson, L. & Westerling, R. (2018). Poor health and refraining from seeking healthcare are associated with limited comprehensive health literacy among refugees: a Swedish cross-sectional study. International Journal of Public Health, 63(3), 409-419
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Poor health and refraining from seeking healthcare are associated with limited comprehensive health literacy among refugees: a Swedish cross-sectional study
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1661-8556, E-ISSN 1661-8564, Vol. 63, no 3, p. 409-419Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: The objectives of the study were to explore the distributions of comprehensive health literacy (CHL), general health, psychological well-being and having refrained from seeking healthcare among refugees in Sweden. Further objectives were to examine associations between CHL and the above mentioned factors.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 513 refugees speaking Arabic, Dari and Somali. Participants in the civic orientation course in Sweden responded to a questionnaire. CHL was measured using the HLS-EU-Q16 questionnaire. Uni- and multivariate logistic regression was used to investigate potential associations.

Results: The majority of the respondents had limited CHL, and about four of ten had reported poor health and/or having refrained from seeking healthcare. Limited CHL was associated with having reported poor health and having refrained from seeking healthcare. 

Conclusions: A considerable proportion of the refugees in Sweden have limited CHL, and report less than good health and impaired well-being, or that they have refrained from seeking healthcare. Further, CHL is associated with the above mentioned factors. Efforts are needed to promote refugees' CHL, optimal health seeking behavior, and health.

Keywords
health literacy, general health, psychological well-being, refrained from healthcare, refugees
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Social Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-333397 (URN)10.1007/s00038-017-1074-2 (DOI)000428236500012 ()29480325 (PubMedID)
Note

The study was co-financed by the County Administrative Board in Stockholm.

Available from: 2017-11-13 Created: 2017-11-13 Last updated: 2018-06-20Bibliographically approved
Erdsiek, F., Özcebe, H., Üner, S., Caman, Ö. K., Brand, H., Czabanowska, K., . . . Brzoska, P. (2018). Rational drug use and migration: awareness and attitudes towards antibiotic use among adults in Turkey and Turkish migrants in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany. Paper presented at 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, 17-19 May 2018, Edinburgh, UK. European Journal of Public Health, 28(Supplement: 1), 44-45
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rational drug use and migration: awareness and attitudes towards antibiotic use among adults in Turkey and Turkish migrants in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany
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2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, no Supplement: 1, p. 44-45Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2018
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-359383 (URN)10.1093/eurpub/cky047.076 (DOI)000432430700120 ()
Conference
1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, 17-19 May 2018, Edinburgh, UK
Note

Meeting Abstract: 2.5-O7

Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-09-17Bibliographically approved
Wångdahl, J. & Westerling, R. (2018). Refugees' experiences of health information during civic orientation in Sweden: health literacy does matter. European Journal of Public Health, 28, 136-136
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Refugees' experiences of health information during civic orientation in Sweden: health literacy does matter
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, p. 136-136Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358416 (URN)000432430700390 ()
Available from: 2018-08-31 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved
Åkerman, E., Larsson, E., Essén, B. & Westerling, R. (2018). Thai immigrant women's healthcare use and needs in relation to sexual and reproductive health: a cross-sectional study in Sweden. Paper presented at 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, 17-19 May 2018, Edinburgh, UK.. European Journal of Public Health, 28(Supplement: 1), 121-121
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thai immigrant women's healthcare use and needs in relation to sexual and reproductive health: a cross-sectional study in Sweden
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 28, no Supplement: 1, p. 121-121Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2018
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-359392 (URN)10.1093/eurpub/cky048.029 (DOI)000432430700344 ()
Conference
1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, 17-19 May 2018, Edinburgh, UK.
Note

Poster presentations

Meeting Abstract: 1.11-P5

Available from: 2018-09-25 Created: 2018-09-25 Last updated: 2018-09-25Bibliographically approved
Nordlöf, H., Wiitavaara, B., Högberg, H. & Westerling, R. (2017). A cross-sectional study of factors influencing occupational health and safety management practices in companies. Safety Science, 95, 92-103
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A cross-sectional study of factors influencing occupational health and safety management practices in companies
2017 (English)In: Safety Science, ISSN 0925-7535, E-ISSN 1879-1042, Vol. 95, p. 92-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Companies need to ensure a functioning occupational health and safety management (OHSM) system to protect human health and safety during work, but generally there are differences in how successful they are in this endeavor. Earlier research has indicated that factors like company size, safety culture, and different measures of financial performance may be related to the quality of OHSM practices in companies. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate whether these factors are associated with OHSM practices in companies. A postal questionnaire was used to collect data from a sample of Swedish manufacturing companies, and complementary data regarding the companies were retrieved from a credit bureau database. The statistical analysis was performed with ordinal regression analysis using generalized estimating equations. Different predictor variables were modeled with OHSM practices as the outcome variable, in order to calculate p-values and to estimate odds ratios. Company size, safety culture, and creditworthiness were found to be associated with better, as well as worse, OHSM practices in companies (depending on directionality). Practical implications for industry and future research are discussed.

Keywords
Occupational health and safety (OHS), Safety culture, Manufacturing, Work environment, Financial performance, Generalized estimating equations (GEE)
National Category
Work Sciences Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264510 (URN)10.1016/j.ssci.2017.02.008 (DOI)000399852500009 ()
Available from: 2015-10-13 Created: 2015-10-13 Last updated: 2017-05-30Bibliographically approved
Grandahl, M., Larsson, M., Dalianis, T., Stenhammar, C., Tydén, T., Westerling, R. & Nevéus, T. (2017). Catch-up HPV vaccination status of adolescents in relation to socioeconomic factors, individual beliefs and sexual behaviour. PLoS ONE, 12(11), Article ID e0187193.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Catch-up HPV vaccination status of adolescents in relation to socioeconomic factors, individual beliefs and sexual behaviour
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2017 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 12, no 11, article id e0187193Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2012, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination was introduced free of charge in the Swedish national school-based vaccination programme for 10-12-year-old girls, and as catch-up vaccination for young women. In Sweden, there is an ongoing discussion about including boys in the national vaccination programme. Few studies are undertaken about adolescents' knowledge, beliefs and HPV vaccination status in relation to socioeconomic status and sexual experience. Thus, the aim was to examine HPV catch-up vaccination status in adolescents in relation to 1) socioeconomic factors, 2) beliefs and knowledge about HPV prevention, and 3) sexual behaviour. The Health Belief Model was used as a theoretical framework. Upper secondary school students (n = 832) aged 16, randomly chosen from a larger sample, were invited to participate in conjunction with the general health interview with the school nurse. A total of 751/832 (90.3%), girls (n = 391, 52%) and boys (n = 360, 48%) completed the questionnaire. HPV vaccination was associated with ethnicity and the mothers' education level; i.e. girls with a non-European background and girls with a less educated mother were less likely to have received the vaccine (p<0.01 and p = 0.04 respectively). Vaccinated girls perceived HPV infection as more severe (p = 0.01), had more insight into women's susceptibility to the infection (p = 0.02), perceived more benefits of the vaccine as protection against cervical cancer (p<0.01) and had a higher intention to engage in HPV-preventive behaviour (p = 0.01). Furthermore, boys and girls were almost equally sexually experienced, although fewer girls had used condom during first intercourse with their latest partner (p = 0.03). Finally, HPV vaccinated girls were less likely to have unprotected sex (p<0.01). In summary, catch-up HPV vaccination among young girls was associated with a European background and high maternal education level, as well as more favourable beliefs towards HPV prevention and less sexual risk-taking. Further preventive measures should therefore be directed at the migrant population.

National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Caring Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-333214 (URN)10.1371/journal.pone.0187193 (DOI)000414377900014 ()29099839 (PubMedID)
Projects
Prevention of Human Papillomavirus in a school-based setting
Funder
Swedish Cancer Society, 130744
Available from: 2017-11-08 Created: 2017-11-08 Last updated: 2018-02-20Bibliographically approved
Lejelind, E., Westerling, R., Fugl-Meyer, K. & Larsson, K. (2017). Condom use among Swedes while traveling internationally: A qualitative descriptive study. Nursing and Health Sciences, 19(2), 257-263
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Condom use among Swedes while traveling internationally: A qualitative descriptive study
2017 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 257-263Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores factors influencing condom use among Swedish women and men who visited a sexual health clinic after unprotected sex during international travel. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 women and 25 men. The data were analyzed using conventional content analysis. The informants' narratives were categorized as strategies and barriers. Strategies found were: risk assessment, testing, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The barriers were characterized as technical and personal or emotional. The findings indicate that sexual behavior may be different while traveling internationally, and that a release of social constraints and increased alcohol consumption were risk factors for practicing unprotected sex. Some of the strategies may be appropriate for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, but several strategies and most barriers were used to explain why unprotected sex was practiced. Thus, people need the opportunity to reconsider strategies and strengthen confidence in their ability to use condoms. An individual-based approach employed within routine health care may support the practice of safer sex and prevent further transmission of sexually transmitted infections.

National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-322286 (URN)10.1111/nhs.12341 (DOI)000405151600019 ()
Funder
Public Health Agency of Sweden
Available from: 2017-05-18 Created: 2017-05-18 Last updated: 2017-10-11Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-3734-6756

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