Journal article

Benefits of swimming pools in two remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia: intervention study

D Lehmann, MT Tennant, DT Silva, D McAullay, F Lannigan, H Coates, FJ Stanley

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL | BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP | Published : 2003

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the health impact of swimming pools built with the aim of improving quality of life and reducing high rates of pyoderma and otitis media. DESIGN: Intervention study assessing prevalence of ear disease and skin infections before and at six monthly intervals after opening of swimming pools. SETTING: Two remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. PARTICIPANTS: 84 boys and 78 girls aged < 17 years. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Changes in prevalence and severity of pyoderma and perforation of tympanic membranes with or without otorrhoea over 18 months after opening of pools. RESULTS: In community A, 61 children were seen before the pool was opened, and 41, 46, and 33 ch..

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