Healthcare Among Immigrant and Refugee Arab Americans in the United States

  • Sara Alosaimy
  • Bashayer Alshehri
  • Raniah Aljadeed
  • Rana Aljadeed
  • Dima Alnahas
  • Nada Alsuhebany
  • Dima M. QatoEmail author
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Arab immigration to the United States (US) began as early as the eighteenth century. Despite living in the US for many years, there is limited comprehensive information about Arab health and healthcare. This chapter aims to focus on the healthcare of Arab immigrants and refugees in the US. We will evaluate here chronic diseases, mental health issues, tobacco and alcohol use, health of mothers and children, use of prescribed medication, and preventive care practices among the population. We have compared these health practices to the general population in the US and, in some cases, to Arabs in the Middle East. In addition, we aim to discuss potential barriers and factors that contribute to impediments in good health and well-being in this population.


Arab American Acculturation Immigrant Refugee Arabs Healthcare 

List of Abbreviations


Arab Americans


Arab American Institute


Affordable Care Act


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Colorectal cancer


High-density lipoprotein


Immunoglobulin E


The Michigan Cancer Consortium


National Health Interview Survey


Primary care physicians


Prostate surface antigen


Post-traumatic stress disorder


United States


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Alosaimy
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Bashayer Alshehri
    • 1
  • Raniah Aljadeed
    • 3
    • 4
  • Rana Aljadeed
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Dima Alnahas
    • 6
  • Nada Alsuhebany
    • 7
  • Dima M. Qato
    • 7
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PharmacyBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.College of PharmacyWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  3. 3.College of PharmacyKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  4. 4.Department of PharmacyUniversity of Arizona/Northwest Medical CenterTucsonUSA
  5. 5.Department of PharmacyHouston Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA
  6. 6.Department of PharmacyUniversity of KalamoonDeir AtiyahSyria
  7. 7.Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and PolicyUniversity of Illinois College of PharmacyChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Atika Khalaf
    • 1
  • Dima Qato
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Health ScienceKristianstad UniversityKristianstadSweden
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy, University of Illinois College of PharmacyChicagoUSA

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