What is it about?

Patients visiting the Emergency Department of Skåne University Hospital i Malmö, Sweden, with acute shortness of breath living in the immigrant dense half of Malmö City die apporximately 10 years earlier than the other half of Malmö.

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Why is it important?

It shows inequalities in health between different parts of Malmö. Is it because of first and second generation of immigrants have different lifestyles, cultures, risk factors etc, or is it because of overall differences in socioeconomic status also in swedish born patients living in the socioeconomic poorer half of Malmö, indipendent of migration? To be able to address these differences in health we nedd to find out.


To be able to work for a more equal health for the inhabitants of Malmö, we need to find the patients with dyspnea already at the emergency department of Malmö, with risk factors for increased premature mortality, to be able to individualize the treatment and follow up in primary health care.

Torgny Wessman
Department of Clinical studies, Medical Faculty

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This page is a summary of: Increased mortality among acute respiratory distress patients from immigrant dense urban districts, Open Access Emergency Medicine, March 2019, Dove Medical Press,
DOI: 10.2147/oaem.s187686.
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