Immigration and neurological diseases: A longitudinal study in an acute neurological care

Fabrizio Rinaldi, Paolo Liberini, Renata Rao, Elisabetta Venturelli, Stefano Gipponi, Elisa Pari, Eluisa Sapia, Alessandro Padovani

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Very few data exist on causes and outcomes of hospitalization of immigrants in Italy. Even though immigration is a real challenge for the western countries, we are still unaware of how it reflects on the costs and the management of an acute care department. This study was aimed to compare the patterns of hospital use by immigrants incoming to the Acute Care Department of Neurology in Brescia, Italy, with those of the resident Italian people. The study was based on the hospital discharge data. Discharges of immigrants were compared to those of a random selection of Italian patients matched by age and sex. The length of the study period was of 2.5 years. A similar pattern of hospital use by age was observed between foreigners and Italian patients; however, average length of hospitalization was significantly longer in immigrant population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)979-983
Number of pages5
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Acute Care
  • Epidemiology
  • Gender
  • Immigration
  • Italy
  • Neurology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology


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