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Migration among individuals with leprosy : a population-based study in central Brazil

Murto, Christine and Ariza, Liana and Alencar, Carlos Henrique and Chichava, Olga André and Oliveira, Alexcian Rodrigues and Kaplan, Charles and Silva, Luciana Ferreira Marques da and Heukelbach, Jorg. (2014) Migration among individuals with leprosy : a population-based study in central Brazil. Cadernos de saúde pública, Vol. 30, H. 3. pp. 487-501.

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Abstract

This study investigates social and clinical factors associated with migration among individuals affected by leprosy. A cross-sectional study was conducted among those newly diagnosed with leprosy (2006-2008), in 79 endemic municipalities in the state of Tocantins, Brazil (N = 1,074). In total, 76.2% were born in a municipality different from their current residence. In the five years before diagnosis 16.7% migrated, and 3.6% migrated after leprosy diagnosis. Findings reflect aspects associated with historical rural-urban population movement in Brazil. Indicators of poverty were prominent among before-diagnosis migrants but not after-diagnosis migrants. Migration after diagnosis was associated with prior migration. The association of multibacillary leprosy with migration indicates healthcare access may be an obstacle to early diagnosis among before-diagnosis migrants, which may also be related to the high mobility of this group.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Human and Animal Health > One Health (Zinsstag)
UniBasel Contributors:Murto, Christine
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública]
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