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MONGE, Susana et al. Methodological limitations and recommendations in publications on migrant population health in Spain. Gac Sanit [online]. 2015, vol.29, n.6, pp.461-463. ISSN 0213-9111.

Our objective was to describe the methodological limitations and recommendations identified by authors of original articles on immigration and health in Spain. A literature review was conducted of original articles published in Spanish or English between 1998 and 2012 combining keywords on immigration and health. A total of 311 articles were included; of these, 176 (56.6%) mentioned limitations, and 15 (4.8%) made recommendations. The most frequently mentioned limitations included the following: reduced sample sizes; internal validity and sample representativeness issues, with under- or overrepresentation of specific groups; problems of validity of the collected information and missing data mostly related to measurement tools; and absence of key variables for adjustment or stratification. Based on these results, a series of recommendations are proposed to minimise common limitations and advance the quality of scientific production on immigration and health in our setting.

Keywords : Emigration and immigration; Spain; Epidemiologic studies; Methodology; Review.

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