Assessment of Health Status across Different Types of Migrant Populations in Hanoi -Vietnam:A Cross-Sectional Study Using SF 36 Version 2

Anh Thi Kim Le, Lan Thi Hoang Vu, Esther Schelling


Objective: The study aimed to use the Vietnamese SF-36v2 to compare health status across four groups: non-migrants, migrants working in industrial zones (IZ), migrants working in private small enterprises (PSE), and seasonal migrants. Method: This cross- sectional study included 1800 non-migrants and migrants aged 18-55 in Long Bien and Ba Dinh districts, Ha Noi. The original Vietnamese SF-36v2 under a license of Qualitative Metric Incorporated was used to measure health status of participants. Results: Regarding physical health seasonal migrants are weaker than non-migrants and other migrant populations (OR=1.54, p=0.042). Migrants working in IZ are the most likely to have mental ill-health than others (OR=1.92, p<0.001). For physical health, age, gender, and monthly income are important correlates; meanwhile, gender, income, and working time are correlates of mental health. These special migrant sub-groups need to be more targeted in future health interventions, health care and access to health service programs.


vietnamese SF-36v2; health status; migrant population; industrial zones; private small enterprises; seasonal migrants

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