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The phenomenon of immigration within the European Community and its impact on neurological care in the Marina Baixa area, Alicante
INTRODUCTION. Immigration is shaping a new model of society, with new needs and demands, whose characteristics must guide health-care policies.
AIM. To determine the repercussions of the phenomenon of immigration on the extra-hospital neurological care carried out in Department 16 of the Agencia Valenciana de Salud (Valencian Health Service) and how language problems affect visits.
PATIENTS AND METHODS. We conducted a prospective study during 26 consecutive outpatient visits in the first three months of 2006.
RESULTS. Of all the patients who were attended, 9.5% were foreigners. Of these, 77.7% came from EU countries. And of those from outside the Community, 13% were from Latin American countries, 5% came from European countries that do not belong to the EU and 5% were from Africa. Mean ages were 61.5 years for the EU group and 42.6 years for the other nationalities. The main reasons for visiting were headache and cognitive impairment. The poorer the quality of communication was, the longer the visit lasted.
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