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Review of the scientific literature on the health of the Roma and Sinti in Italy.

Monasta, L, Erenbourg, A, Restaino, S and Lutje, Vittoria (2012) 'Review of the scientific literature on the health of the Roma and Sinti in Italy.'. Ethnicity & Disease, Vol 22, Issue 3, pp. 367-71.

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Roma and Sinti in Italy are excluded from the rest of society, often live in precarious housing conditions and have poor access to health services. In Italy, the Roma and Sinti minority (.3% of the overall population) is scarcely represented if compared with other European countries.


To establish what is known and how Roma and Sinti health is studied in Italy, we conducted a review of the scientific literature, including articles published between 2000 and 2010, found in Medline, Embase and Web of Science.


We analyzed 15 relevant articles out of 32 references. Four papers describe rare autosomal recessive disorders. Four illustrate outbreaks of measles. The remaining papers describe health conditions suffered by this minority. All but two, however, are based on data collected at health services.


The lack of prevalence data and analysis of determinants is a detriment to the health of the Roma and Sinti populations in Italy. Participatory research and evidence-based interventions are needed to improve health outcomes and living conditions of the Roma and Sinti people

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gypsies Roma Sinti Minority Health Prejudice Marginalization Italy
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > Health Services. Patients and Patient Advocacy > W 84 Health services. Delivery of health care
WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > International Health Group
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Depositing User: Faye Moody
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 13:37
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:04


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