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A cross-sectional study of migration and chronic disease among health workers in Botswana


Volume 24, Issue 1, June 2016, Pages 210–216

 A cross-sectional study of migration and chronic disease among health workers in Botswana

Lesego Selotlegeng1, Lingzhong Xu2, Livesey David Olerile3, and Lesego Tswiio4

1 Department of Social Medicine and Health Services Management, School of Public Health, Shandong University, Jinan, China
2 Department of Social Medicine and Health Services Management, School of Public Health, Shandong University, Jinan, China
3 The school of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shandong University, 44 Wenhua Xi Road, Jinan 250012, China
4 Zimbabwe Open University, P.O. Box MP1119, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe

Original language: English

Copyright © 2016 ISSR Journals. 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.

Abstract


In Botswana, health workers are emigrating to developed countries to seek better opportunities, which also affects their well-being. The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between international migration of health workers and chronic disease. This study involves both quantitative and qualitative data. Skype interviews were conducted with 128 health workers working abroad. The snowballing technique was used for forty-five returned health workers while a random sample size of health workers (n = 210) located in health facilities in Gaborone. Logistic regression models were used for analyzing the results. The majority of health workers abroad were in their prime working age. The health workers abroad were more likely to have hypertension (p = 0.01) than those who had returned. The relation between migration and chronic disease in Botswana emphasizes the need to focus not only on the psychological health consequences but also on potential chronic disease consequences.

Author Keywords: migration, health workers, chronic health condition, health risk behavior, mental health condition.


How to Cite this Article


Lesego Selotlegeng, Lingzhong Xu, Livesey David Olerile, and Lesego Tswiio, “A cross-sectional study of migration and chronic disease among health workers in Botswana,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 210–216, June 2016.