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Health-related quality of life among Syrian refugees resettled in Sweden
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences. Uppsala University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5837-8263
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences.
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences.
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences. Karolinska Instiutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5376-5048
2019 (English)In: Quality of Life Research, ISSN 0962-9343, E-ISSN 1573-2649Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Purpose The main purpose of this study was to assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among Syrian refugees resettled in Sweden. Further, we wanted to investigate whether sex, age, education, area of residence, cohabitation and social support were associated with HRQoL in this population. Methods This is a cross-sectional study including 1215 Syrian refugees from a randomly selected sample frame resettled in Sweden between the years 2011 and 2013. HRQoL was measured by the EQ-5D-5L descriptive system, and EQ-5D-5L index values were calculated. Associations between sex, age, education, area of residence, cohabitation, social support and EQ-5D-5L were investigated using multiple linear regression analysis. Results Depression/anxiety was the most commonly (61.9%) reported EQ-5D-5L problem among the group of Syrian refugees. The mean EQ-5D-5L index value was found to be 0.754. Male sex, younger age, cohabitation and social support were found associated with a higher EQ-5D-5L index score. Conclusions Our results concerning long-lasting health problems among the study population indicate that there is a profound need for policies and interventions promoting refugees' health. Our results also show that social support, a modifiable factor, is relevant to refugees' overall health, pointing to the importance of public health interventions and policies targeting the facilitation, mobilization and enhancing of refugees' social support.

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Springer, 2019.
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Quality of life, Refugees, Social support, Syria, Resettlement
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-3053DOI: 10.1007/s11136-019-02323-5PubMedID: 31617059OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-3053DiVA, id: diva2:1367734
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-07194Swedish Red CrossAvailable from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2019-11-05Bibliographically approved

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