Utilisation of psychosocial and informational services in immigrant and non-immigrant German cancer survivors

Sylke Ruth Zeissig, Susanne Singer*, Lena Koch, Hajo Zeeb, Martin Merbach, Heike Bertram, Andrea Eberle, Sieglinde Schmid-Höpfner, Bernd Holleczek, Annika Waldmann, Volker Arndt

*Corresponding author for this work
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Objective We examined psychosocial and informational services used by long-term survivors of breast, colon and prostate cancer in immigrants versus non-immigrants. Methods Patients were sampled from population-based cancer registries in Germany. They completed a questionnaire assessing immigration biography, service use and socio-demographic characteristics. Results Data of 6143 cancer survivors were collected of whom 383 (6%) were immigrants. There was no evidence of an association between immigration status and service use. However, immigration biography played a role when patients' and their parents' birthplace were taken into account. When parents were born outside Europe, survivors less frequently used information from the Internet (ORadj 0.4, 95% CI 0.2; 0.8). Web-based information (ORadj 0.7, 95% CI 0.5; 0.9) was less frequently used when the participant was born outside Germany. Conclusion The differences in the use of psychosocial and informational services between immigrants and non-immigrants seem to be generally small. Acculturation may play a role in service uptake. In survey-based health services research, investigators should not stratify by census-defined immigration status, but rather by cultural background.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)919-925
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2015


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