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International Journal of Family Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 6963835, 5 pages
Research Article

A Few Observations on Health Service for Immigrants at a Primary Health Care Centre

1Health Care Centre in Glaesibaer, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland
2Reykjalundur Rehabilitation Centre, 270 Reykjavík, Iceland

Received 10 March 2016; Revised 6 June 2016; Accepted 15 June 2016

Academic Editor: Hakan Yaman

Copyright © 2016 Thorhildur Halldorsdottir et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. Icelandic society is rapidly changing, from being an ethnically homogeneous population towards a multicultural immigrant society. In the hope of optimizing the service for immigrants at the health care centre, we decided to evaluate health care utilization by immigrants. Methods. As a case control study we invited all immigrants that attended the health care centre during a two-week period to participate. Paired controls of Icelanders were invited for comparison. Results. There were 57 immigrants, 48 females and 9 males, from 27 countries. Significantly more of the immigrant women were married, . Interpreters were needed in 21% of the consultations. The immigrants often attended the clinic and had the same diagnoses as did the nonimmigrants. The immigrants evaluated the quality of the service in Iceland as 4.3 and the service in their homeland as 1.68, . Conclusion. Immigrants attending a health care centre in Iceland came from all over the world, had the same diagnoses, and attended the clinic as often per annum as the nonimmigrants. Only one-fifth of them needed translators. The health and health care utilization of immigrants were similar to those of nonimmigrants.