Journal article

Social and racial inequalities in preterm births in Western Australia, 1984 to 2006

Amanda T Langridge, Natasha Nassar, Jianghong Li, Fiona J Stanley

PAEDIATRIC AND PERINATAL EPIDEMIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2010

Abstract

Preterm birth is associated with a range of childhood morbidities and in industrialised societies is the primary cause of infant mortality. Social and racial inequalities in preterm birth have been reported in North America, UK, Europe and New Zealand. This study utilised population-level data to investigate social and racial inequalities in preterm birth among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal infants in Western Australia. All live, singleton births between 1984 and 2006 (n = 567 468) were included, and multilevel multivariable logistic regression was used to investigate relative differences in preterm infants between socio-economic groups. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal infants were analysed se..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage


Funding Acknowledgements

The Authors acknowledge the partnership of the Western Australian Government Departments of Health, Child Protection, Education, Disability Services, Corrective Services and Attorney General who provided support as well as data for this project. Sources of support: Amanda Langridge was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award Industry Scholarship, provided through an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant (LP0455417). The Western Australian Government Departments of Health, Child Protection, Education, Disability Services, Corrective Services and Attorney General provided support as well as data for this project. Dr Nassar acknowledges the support of Postdoctoral Fellowship, provided through an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (404118). Dr Li is supported by a Curtin University Research and Teaching Fellowship.