November 2022


3 questions to…

… Constance Prieur and Paul Dourgnon, following the publication of the Issues in Health Economics (266), March 2022: "In France, One out of Six Undocumented Immigrants Suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder", written with Florence Jusot, Antoine Marsaudon, Jérôme Wittwer and Stéphanie Guillaume

1. What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how widespread is it among undocumented immigrants in France?
2. Do living conditions in France contribute to this high prevalence of PTSD?
3. Could we better prevent and treat PTSD in undocumented immigrants in France?    
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- Location of traumatic events experienced by undocumented immigrants in the "Premiers Pas" survey

- Alcohol consumption profiles according to educational level, age and gender

IRDES events, conferences and seminars

9th IRDES Workshop on Applied Health Economics and Policy Evaluation

The 9th International Workshop on Applied Health Economics and Policy Evaluation, organized by IRDES, will be held in Paris, France, on 22-23 June 2023.
Deadline for papers submission: January 30th, 2023
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IRDES publishing

In France, One out of Six Undocumented Immigrants Suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Prieur C. (IRDES), Dourgnon P. (IRDES), Jusot F. (Paris Dauphine University, PSL, LEDA-LEGOS, IRDES), Marsaudon A. (IRDES), Wittwer J. (University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux Population Health, EMOS-INSERM), Guillaume S. (IRDES)
Issues in Health Economics (Questions d'économie de la santé), 266, March 2022

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event. It is a mental injury accompanied by physical complications that have a profound impact on private, social, and professional life. PTSD requires specific medical treatment. Undocumented immigrants may have undergone traumatic experiences in their country of origin, during the migration itself, or in the host country. Moreover, living conditions in France are likely to expose to the development of PTSD.
What is the prevalence of PTSD in this so far little-known population? What is the impact of migration conditions and living conditions in the host country on the prevalence of PTSD? Are undocumented immigrants with a PTSD covered by the State Medical Aid (Aide Médicale de l'Etat, AME)? (…)
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Alcohol Consumption in Young Adults: A Higher Overall Risk of Excessive Alcohol Consumption in Men and an Increasing Risk of Heavy Episodic Drinking in Women

Com-Ruelle L. (Irdes), Choquet M. (Inserm)
Issues in Health Economics (Questions d'économie de la santé), 265, January 2022

In France, few studies have been conducted thus far on alcohol consumption amongst young people aged 18-30. (…) During a person's life, the risk of excessive alcohol consumption, which is an ‘avoidable' risk, culminates in a high proportion of risk of heavy episodic - rather than chronic - drinking between the ages of eighteen and thirty. At any age, the gap between men and women is very significant, as the risk of both episodic and chronic alcohol consumption in men is around twice as high. (…) Almost three quarters of young women are not at risk, and they moderate their drinking at an earlier age, between the age of twenty-five and thirty, while men still increase their drinking. However, between 2002 and 2014, while the overall risk of excessive alcohol consumption tended to decrease amongst men due to a lower risk of chronic alcohol consumption, it increased slightly amongst young women due to a risk of episodic alcohol consumption. Furthermore, socio-economic factors influence a generation's drinking behaviour. (…)
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Collaborative Practices in Health Care. Sociological Perspectives

Denise T. (Laboratoire lorrain de sciences sociales, Université de Lorraine), Divay S. (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), Dos Santos M. (Inserm, Sesstim), Fournier C. (Irdes, Leps), Girard L. (Lir3S, UMR7366, CNRS, Université de Bourgogne), Luneau A. (médialab - Sciences Po Paris)
IRDES Books (collection Ouvrages), Sociology series, 8, June 2022

This collective work is the result of the study days organized on 28 and 29 March 2019 in Paris as part of the meetings organized by the French Sociology Association (Association française de sociologie AFS). Its purpose is to examine, as closely as possible to field situations, what is at stake behind injunctions to collaborate in health care, while taking their effects into account. This means, for example, observing the effects of collaboration on professional boundaries, on the autonomy of the actors, or on the legitimization or invalidation of both professional and lay knowledge.
The 32 contributions gathered in this book offer the opportunity to reexamine the notion of "collaboration" by mobilizing a plurality of theoretical and methodological approaches. Even if it is focused on health practices, this notion refers to a wide range of meanings and social uses, both by sociologists and by respondents.
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Other IRDES researcher's publications (in English)

Do Mobile Hospital Teams in Residential Aged Care Facilities Increase Health Care Efficiency: An Evaluation of French Residential Care Policy.
Penneau A., The European Journal of Health Economics, en ligne 22/09/2022, 1-15.
(Catégorie 2 - CNRS) - (Cat. A - Hcérès)

Hospital Admissions and Mortality for Acute Exacerbations of COPD During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Nationwide Study in France.
Poucineau J., Delory T., Lapidus N., Hejblum G., Chouaïd C., Le Cœur S., Khlat M. Frontiers in Medicine, 2022/09, 1-9.

Burden of Infectious Diseases among Undocumented Migrants in France: Results of the Premiers Pas Survey.
Vignier, N., Moussaoui, S., Marsaudon, A., Wittwer J., Jusot F., Dourgnon P. Frontiers in Public Health, en ligne 2022/08/04.

How Does France's Health Sector Contribute to the Economy?
Or Z., Al Tayara L., Polin K., Gomez E., Cylus J., Thomson S., Habicht T., Evetovits T. European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies ; WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2022/06, 1-14.

Just a Question of Time? Explaining Non-take-up of a Public Health Insurance Program Designed for Undocumented Immigrants Living in France.
Dourgnon P., Jusot F., Marsaudon A., et al. (2022). Health Economics, Policy and Law: 1-17.

Roles of Parental Smoking and Family Structure for the Explanation of Socio-economic Inequalities in Adolescent Smoking.
Legleye S., Bricard D., Khlat M. (2022). Addiction. En ligne 2022/08/15.


Watch on Health Economics Literature

Produced by the IRDES documentation centre, Watch on Health Economics Literature, a monthly publication, presents by theme the latest articles and reports in health economics: both peer-reviewed and grey literature.

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English-French Glossary of Health Economics Terms

This new online edition of the English-French Glossary of terms, concepts and acronyms in health economics has been reviewed and expanded by the IRDES Publications and Documentation teams. In addition to terms from specialized Anglo-Saxon journals, this edition is based on the English translations of IRDES thematic syntheses, Issues in Health Economics, and on the keywords of the MeSH thesaurus (Medline). It also includes a thematic section that classifies the translated terms according to the disciplines involved (economics, sociology, geography, etc.). The translation of French Institutions on Public Health into English is now integrated into the part: Sigles - Institutions.

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