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Title: Avoidable hospitalisation in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.
Authors: Li, Shu Q
Gray, Natalie J
Guthridge, Steve L
Pircher, Sabine L M
Affiliation: Northern Territory Department of Health and Families, Darwin, NT, Australia. shu.li@nt.gov.au.
Issue Date: 18-May-2009
Citation: The Medical journal of Australia 2009-05-18; 190(10): 532-6
Abstract: To analyse rates of avoidable hospitalisations in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal residents of the Northern Territory, 1998-99 to 2005-06, and to consider the implications for primary care interventions. Retrospective descriptive analysis of inpatient discharge data from NT public hospitals. Avoidable hospitalisations by age, sex, Aboriginality and condition, with annual time trends. Between 1998-99 and 2005-06, Aboriginal people in the NT had an avoidable hospitalisation rate of 11 090 per 100 000 population, nearly four times higher than the Australian rate of 2848 per 100 000. The rate for non-Aboriginal NT residents was 2779 per 100 000. During this period, the average annual increase in avoidable hospitalisations was 11.6% (95% CI, 11.0%-12.1%) in the NT Aboriginal population and 3.9% (95% CI, 3.3%-4.5%) in the non-Aboriginal population. The greatest increase occurred in those aged > or = 45 years, and was primarily attributable to diabetes complications. The significantly higher rates of avoidable hospitalisations in NT Aboriginal people reflect the emerging epidemic of chronic disease in this population, highlight barriers to Aboriginal people accessing effective primary care, and emphasise the extent of potential health gains with appropriate interventions.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10441
ISSN: 0025-729X
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Child
Child, Preschool
Chronic Disease
Female
Health Status Indicators
Hospitalization
Humans
Incidence
Infant
Infant, Newborn
Male
Middle Aged
Northern Territory
Retrospective Studies
Young Adult
European Continental Ancestry Group
Oceanic Ancestry Group
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