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Beltrame A et al. Accuracy of parasitological and immunological tests for the screening of human schistosomiasis in immigrants and refugees from African countries: An approach with Latent Class Analysis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Jun 5;11(6):e0005593. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005593. eCollection 2017 Jun. PubMed PMID: 28582412; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5472324.

Delavari M, Sønderlund AL, Swinburn B, Mellor D, Renzaho A. Acculturation and obesity among migrant populations in high income countries--a systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2013 May 10;13:458. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-458. Review. PubMed PMID: 23663279; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3654930.

Pfortmueller CA, Schwetlick M, Mueller T, Lehmann B, Exadaktylos AK. Adult Asylum Seekers from the Middle East Including Syria in Central Europe: What Are Their Health Care Problems? PLoS One. 2016 Feb 10;11(2):e0148196. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148196. PubMed PMID: 26863216; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4749343.

Ngo CC, Maidment C, Atkins L, Eagar S, Smith MM. Blood screen findings in a 2-year cohort of newly arrived refugees to Sydney, Australia. Public Health Res Pract. 2018 Mar 15;28(1). pii: 2811804. doi: 10.17061/phrp2811804. PubMed PMID: 29582037.

Martin JA, Mak DB. Changing faces: A review of infectious disease screening of refugees by the Migrant Health Unit, Western Australia in 2003 and 2004. Med J Aust. 2006 Dec 4-18;185(11-12):607-10. PubMed PMID: 17181502.

Benson J, Mwanri L. Chronic suppurative otitis media and cholesteatoma in Australia's refugee population. Aust Fam Physician. 2012 Dec;41(12):978-80. PubMed PMID: 23210124.

Jazwa A, Coleman MS, Gazmararian J, Wingate LT, Maskery B, Mitchell T, Weinberg M. Cost-benefit comparison of two proposed overseas programs for reducing chronic Hepatitis B infection among refugees: is screening essential? Vaccine. 2015 Mar 10;33(11):1393-9. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.01.010. Epub 2015 Jan 14. PubMed PMID: 25595868.

Lee D, Philen R, Wang Z, McSpadden P, Posey DL, Ortega LS, Weinberg MS, Brown C, Zhou W, Painter JA; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disease surveillance among newly arriving refugees and immigrants--Electronic Disease Notification System, United States, 2009. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2013 Nov 15;62(7):1-20. PubMed PMID: 24225411.

Remien RH, Chowdhury J, Mokhbat JE, Soliman C, Adawy ME, El-Sadr W. Gender and care: access to HIV testing, care, and treatment. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2009 Jul 1;51 Suppl 3:S106-10. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e3181aafd66. PubMed PMID: 19553777; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2793673.

Bischoff A, Schneider M, Denhaerynck K, Battegay E. Health and ill health of asylum seekers in Switzerland: an epidemiological study. Eur J Public Health. 2009 Jan;19(1):59-64. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckn113. PubMed PMID: 19158102.

Goosen S, Hoebe CJ, Waldhober Q, Kunst AE. High HIV Prevalence among Asylum Seekers Who Gave Birth in the Netherlands: A Nationwide Study Based on Antenatal HIV Tests. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 21;10(8):e0134724. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134724. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26296093; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4546638.

Posey DL, Naughton MP, Willacy EA, Russell M, Olson CK, Godwin CM, McSpadden PS, White ZA, Comans TW, Ortega LS, Guterbock M, Weinberg MS, Cetron MS; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Implementation of new TB screening requirements for U.S.-bound immigrants and refugees - 2007-2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Mar 21;63(11):234-6. PubMed PMID: 24647399.

Bloch-Infanger C et al. Increasing prevalence of infectious diseases in asylum seekers at atertiary care hospital in Switzerland. PLoS One. 2017 Jun 15;12(6):e0179537. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179537. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28617860; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5472310.

Paxton GA, Sangster KJ, Maxwell EL, McBride CR, Drewe RH. Post-arrival health screening in Karen refugees in Australia.PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e38194. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038194. Epub 2012 May 31. PubMed PMID: 22693599; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3364970.

van Melle MA, Lamkaddem M, Stuiver MM, Gerritsen AA, Devillé WL, Essink-Bot ML. Quality of primary care for resettled refugees in the Netherlands with chronic mental and physical health problems: a cross-sectional analysis of medical records and interview data. BMC Fam Pract. 2014 Sep 23;15:160. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-15-160. PubMed PMID: 25249345; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4262989.

Handlos LN, Olwig KF, Bygbjerg IC, Kristiansen M, Norredam ML. Return Migration among Elderly, Chronically Ill Bosnian Refugees: Does Health Matter? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Oct 12;12(10):12643-61. doi: 10.3390/ijerph121012643. PubMed PMID: 26473899.

Munang ML, Browne C, Khanom S, Evans JT, Smith EG, Hawkey PM, Kunst H, Welch SB, Dedicoat MJ. Tuberculosis microepidemics among dispersed migrants,Birmingham, UK, 2004-2013. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Mar;21(3):524-7. doi: 10.3201/eid2103.140209. PubMed PMID: 25695328; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4344256.

Mipatrini D. et al. Vaccinations in migrants and refugees: a challenge for European health systems. A systematic review of current scientific evidence. Pathog Glob Health. 2017 Mar;111(2):59-68. doi: 10.1080/20477724.2017.1281374. Epub 2017 Feb 6. Review. PubMed PMID: 28165878; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5375618.

Benson J, Maldari T, Turnbull T. Vitamin B12 deficiency - why refugee patients are at high risk. Aust Fam Physician. 2010 Apr;39(4):215-7. PubMed PMID: 20372680.

Schreuder F, Bernsen RM, van der Wouden JC. Vitamin D supplementation for nonspecific musculoskeletal pain in non-Western immigrants: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Fam Med. 2012 Nov-Dec;10(6):547-55. doi: 10.1370/afm.1402. PubMed PMID: 23149532; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3495929.

Mylius M, Frewer A. Access to healthcare for undocumented migrants with communicable diseases in Germany: a quantitative study. Eur J Public Health. 2015 Mar 15. pii: ckv023. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25772752.

Alemi Q, Weller SC, Montgomery S, James S. Afghan Refugee Explanatory Models of Depression: Exploring Core Cultural Beliefs and Gender Variations. Med Anthropol Q. 2017 Jun;31(2):177-197. doi: 10.1111/maq.12296. Epub 2016 Jun 30. PubMed PMID: 27112930.

Palermo C, Robinson C, Robertson K, Hii S. Approaches for prioritising the nutritional needs of refugee communities.Aust J Prim Health. 2012;18(1):11-6. doi: 10.1071/PY11008. PubMed PMID: 22394657.

Wohler Y, Dantas JA. Barriers Accessing Mental Health Services Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Immigrant Women in Australia: Policy Implications. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Jun;19(3):697-701. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0402-6. PubMed PMID: 27002625.

Mirza M, Luna R, Mathews B, Hasnain R, Hebert E, Niebauer A, Mishra UD. Barriers to healthcare access among refugees with disabilities and chronic health conditions resettled in the US Midwest. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Aug;16(4):733-42. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9906-5. PubMed PMID: 24052476.

Sotgiu G, Dara M, Centis R, Matteelli A, Solovic I, Gratziou C, Rendon A, Battista Migliori G. Breaking the barriers: Migrants and tuberculosis. Presse Med. 2017 Mar;46(2 Pt 2):e5-e11. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2017.01.013. Epub 2017 Feb 28. Review. PubMed PMID: 28256381.

Misra SM, Nepal VP, Banerjee D, Giardino AP. Chronic Health Conditions, Physical Activity and Dietary Behaviors of Bhutanese Refugees: A Houston-Based Needs Assessment. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Oct 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26458956.

Poulakou G, Bassetti M, Timsit JF. Critically ill migrants with infection: diagnostic considerations for intensive care physicians in Europe. Intensive Care Med. 2015 Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26467709.

Rhodes CM, Chang Y, Percac-Lima S. Development of Obesity and Related Diseases in African Refugees After Resettlement to United States. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26392397.

Wagner J, Berthold SM, Buckley T, Kong S, Kuoch T, Scully M. Diabetes among refugee populations: what newly arriving refugees can learn from resettled Cambodians. Curr Diab Rep. 2015 Aug;15(8):618. doi: 10.1007/s11892-015-0618-1. PubMed PMID: 26143533.

Marshall GN, Schell TL, Wong EC, Berthold SM, Hambarsoomian K, Elliott MN, Bardenheier BH, Gregg EW. Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Cambodian Refugees. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25651882.

Wagner J, Berthold SM, Buckley T, Kong S, Kuoch T, Scully M. Diabetes Among Refugee Populations: What Newly Arriving Refugees Can Learn From Resettled Cambodians. Curr Diab Rep. 2015 Aug;15(8):618. doi: 10.1007/s11892-015-0618-1. PubMed PMID: 26143533.

Thomas F, Aggleton P, Anderson J. 'Experts', 'partners' and 'fools': exploring agency in HIV treatment seeking among African migrants in London. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Mar;70(5):736-43. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.063. PubMed PMID: 19963309.

Hufton E, Raven J. Exploring the infant feeding practices of immigrant women in the North West of England: a case study of asylum seekers and refugees in Liverpool and Manchester. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 Apr;12(2):299-313. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12145. PubMed PMID: 25243979.

Horyniak D, Higgs P, Cogger S, Dietze P, Bofu T. Heavy alcohol consumption among marginalised African refugee young people in Melbourne, Australia: motivations for drinking, experiences of alcohol-related problems and strategies for managing drinking. Ethn Health. 2015 Jul 14:1-16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26169071.

Goosen S, Middelkoop B, Stronks K, Agyemang C, Kunst AE. High diabetes risk among asylum seekers in The Netherlands. Diabet Med. 2014 Dec;31(12):1532-41. doi: 10.1111/dme.12510. Epub 2014 Jun 19. PubMed PMID: 24860962.

Njeru JW, Tan EM, St Sauver J, Jacobson DJ, Agunwamba AA, Wilson PM, Rutten LJ, Damodaran S, Wieland ML. High Rates of Diabetes Mellitus, Pre-diabetes and Obesity Among Somali Immigrants and Refugees in Minnesota: A Retrospective Chart Review. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26416285.

Drummond PD, Mizan A, Wright B. HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes among West African immigrant women in Western Australia. Sex Health. 2008 Sep;5(3):251-9. PubMed PMID: 18771640.

Birukila G, Brunton C, Dickson N. HIV-related risk factors among black African migrants and refugees in Christchurch, New Zealand: results from the Mayisha-NZ survey. N Z Med J. 2013 Jun 14;126(1376):19-27. PubMed PMID: 23822958.

Rew KT, Clarke SL, Gossa W, Savin D. Immigrant and refugee health: common infectious diseases. FP Essent. 2014 Aug;423:24-9. PubMed PMID: 25127537.

Fedele PL, Wheeler M, Lemoh C, Chunilal S. Immunochromatographic antigen testing alone is sufficient to identify asymptomatic refugees at risk of severe malaria presenting to a single health service in Victoria. Pathology. 2014 Oct;46(6):551-4. doi: 10.1097/PAT.0000000000000149. PubMed PMID: 25158813.

Butow PN, Aldridge L, Bell ML, Sze M, Eisenbruch M, Jefford M, Schofield P, Girgis A, King M, Duggal-Beri P, McGrane J, Goldstein D. Inferior health-related quality of life and psychological well-being in immigrant cancer survivors: a population-based study. Eur J Cancer. 2013 May;49(8):1948-56. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2013.01.011. Epub 2013 Apr 8. PubMed PMID: 23465493.

Gurry GA, Dendle C, Woolley IJ. Latent infection in HIV-positive refugees and other immigrants in Australia. Med J Aust. 2015 Mar 16;202(5):II-III. PubMed PMID: 25758688.

Nelson-Peterman JL, Toof R, Liang SL, Grigg-Saito DC. Long-Term Refugee Health: Health Behaviors and Outcomes of Cambodian Refugee and Immigrant Women. Health Educ Behav. 2015 Jul 8. pii: 1090198115590779. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26157042.

Chan EYY, Chiu CP, Chan GKW. Medical and health risks associated with communicable diseases of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh 2017. Int J Infect Dis. 2018 Mar;68:39-43. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2018.01.001. Epub 2018 Jan 9. PubMed PMID: 29329951.

Cutler S. Refugee crisis and re-emergence of forgotten infections in Europe. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2015 Oct 20. pii: S1198-743X(15)00918-0. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2015.10.018. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26493842.

Salas-Wright CP, Vaughn MG. A "refugee paradox" for substance use disorders? Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Sep 1;142:345-9. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.06.008. Epub 2014 Jun 19. PubMed PMID: 24999058; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4127091.

Jablonka A. et al. Seroprevalence of antibodies and antigens against hepatitis A-E viruses in refugees and asylum seekers in Germany in 2015. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Aug;29(8):939-945. doi: 10.1097/MEG.0000000000000889. PubMed PMID: 28492419.

Barnett ED, Weld LH, McCarthy AE, So H, Walker PF, Stauffer W, Cetron M; GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. Spectrum of illness in international migrants seen at GeoSentinel clinics in 1997-2009, part 1: US-bound migrants evaluated by comprehensive protocol-based health assessment. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Apr;56(7):913-24. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis1015. Epub 2012 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 23223584.

McCarthy AE, Weld LH, Barnett ED, So H, Coyle C, Greenaway C, Stauffer W, Leder K, Lopez-Velez R, Gautret P, Castelli F, Jenks N, Walker PF, Loutan L, Cetron M; GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. Spectrum of illness in international migrants seen at GeoSentinel clinics in 1997-2009, part 2: migrants resettled internationally and evaluated for specific health concerns. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Apr;56(7):925-33. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis1016. Epub 2012 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 23223602.

Böttcher S, Neubauer K, Baillot A, Rieder G, Adam M, Diedrich S. Stool screening of Syrian refugees and asylum seekers in Germany, 2013/2014: Identification of Sabin like polioviruses. Int J Med Microbiol. 2015 Oct;305(7):601-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmm.2015.08.008. Epub 2015 Aug 21. PubMed PMID: 26321005.

van Aart C. et al. Time lag between immigration and tuberculosis rates in immigrants in the Netherlands: a time-series analysis. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2017 May 1;21(5):486-492. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.16.0548. PubMed PMID: 28399962.

Liu Y, Posey DL, Cetron MS, Painter JA. Tuberculosis Incidence in Immigrants and Refugees. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jul 21;163(2):150-1. doi: 10.7326/L15-5111-2. PubMed PMID: 26192572.

Challa AA. Tuberculosis Incidence in Immigrants and Refugees. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jul 21;163(2):149-50. doi: 10.7326/L15-5111. PubMed PMID: 26192571.

Brock KE, Ke L, Tseng M, Clemson L, Koo FK, Jang H, Seibel MJ, Mpofu E, Fraser DR, Mason RS. Vitamin D status is associated with sun exposure, vitamin D and calcium intake, acculturation and attitudes in immigrant East Asian women living in Sydney. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2013 Jul;136:214-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2012.12.005. Epub 2012 Dec 20. Review. PubMed PMID: 23262263.

Burns F, Fenton KA. Access to HIV care among migrant Africans in Britain. What are the issues? Psychol Health Med. 2006 Feb;11(1):117-25. Review. PubMed PMID: 17129901.

Pivnick A, Jacobson A, Blank AE, Villegas M. Accessing primary care: HIV+ Caribbean immigrants in the Bronx. J Immigr Minor Health. 2010 Aug;12(4):496-505. doi: 10.1007/s10903-009-9293-0. PubMed PMID: 19784773.

Guirgis M, Nusair F, Bu YM, Yan K, Zekry AT. Barriers faced by migrants in accessing healthcare for viral hepatitis infection.Intern Med J. 2012 May;42(5):491-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02647.x. PubMed PMID: 22151101.

Fakoya I, Reynolds R, Caswell G, Shiripinda I. Barriers to HIV testing formigrant black Africans in Western Europe. HIV Med. 2008 Jul;9 Suppl 2:23-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-1293.2008.00587.x. Review. PubMed PMID: 18557866.

Smith J. Cancer care for refugees. Lancet Oncol. 2014 Aug;15(9):e363-4. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(14)70322-5. PubMed PMID: 25079098.

Liu Y, Posey DL, Cetron MS, Painter JA. Effect of a culture-based screening algorithm on tuberculosis incidence in immigrants and refugees bound for the United States: a population-based cross-sectional study. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Mar 17;162(6):420-8. doi: 10.7326/M14-2082. PubMed PMID: 25775314.

Ndirangu EW, Evans C. Experiences of African immigrant women living with HIV in the U.K.: implications for health professionals. J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Apr;11(2):108-14. doi: 10.1007/s10903-008-9116-8. Epub 2008 Jan 19. PubMed PMID: 18205047.

Guirgis M, Yan K, Bu YM, Zekry A. General practitioners' knowledge and management of viral hepatitis in the migrant population. Intern Med J. 2012 May;42(5):497-504. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02440.x. PubMed PMID: 21299780.

Museru OI, Vargas M, Kinyua M, Alexander KT, Franco-Paredes C, Oladele A. Hepatitis B virus infection among refugees resettled in the U.S.: high prevalence and challenges in access to health care. J Immigr Minor Health. 2010 Dec;12(6):823-7. doi: 10.1007/s10903-010-9335-7. PubMed PMID: 20204515.

Tompkins M, Smith L, Jones K, Swindells S. HIV education needs among Sudanese immigrants and refugees in the Midwestern United States. AIDS Behav. 2006 May;10(3):319-23. PubMed PMID: 16479412.

Horyniak D, Higgs P, Degenhardt L, Cogger S, Power R, Dietze P. Injecting drug use and related health behaviours in a small case series of East African migrants in Melbourne. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2012 Dec;36(6):586-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2012.00960.x. PubMed PMID: 23216506.

Manirankunda L, Loos J, Alou TA, Colebunders R, Nöstlinger C. "It's better not to know": perceived barriers to HIV voluntary counseling and testing among sub-Saharan African migrants in Belgium. AIDS Educ Prev. 2009 Dec;21(6):582-93. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2009.21.6.582. PubMed PMID: 20030501.

O'Reilly S, O'Shea T, Bhusumane S. Nutritional vulnerability seen within asylum seekers in Australia. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Apr;14(2):356-60. doi: 10.1007/s10903-011-9442-0. PubMed PMID: 21267655.

Lamb CE, Whelan AK, Michaels C. Refugees and oral health: lessons learned from stories of Hazara refugees. Aust Health Rev. 2009 Nov;33(4):618-27. PubMed PMID: 20166911.

Hach M. The sexual and reproductive health of immigrant and refugee women. Aust Nurs J. 2013 Apr;20(9):53. PubMed PMID: 23697315.

Hewagama S, Spelman T, Einsiedel LJ. Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia at Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australia, 2003-2006. Intern Med J. 2012 May;42(5):505-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02449.x. PubMed PMID: 21309994.

Jablonka A, Behrens GM, Stange M, Dopfer C, Grote U, Hansen G, Schmidt RE, Happle C. Tetanus and diphtheria immunity in refugees in Europe in 2015. Infection. 2017 Apr;45(2):157-164. doi: 10.1007/s15010-016-0934-7. Epub 2016 Aug 19. PubMed PMID: 27541038.

Drummond PD, Mizan A, Brocx K, Wright B. Using peer education to increase sexual health knowledge among West African refugees in Western Australia. Health Care Women Int. 2011 Mar;32(3):190-205. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2010.529215. PubMed PMID: 21337242.

Burns FM, Imrie JY, Nazroo J, Johnson AM, Fenton KA. Why the(y) wait? Key informant understandings of factors contributing to late presentation and poorutilization of HIV health and social care services by African migrants in Britain. AIDS Care. 2007 Jan;19(1):102-8. PubMed PMID: 17129864.


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