Journal article

Using preceding hospital admissions to identify children at risk of developing acute rheumatic fever

Jane Oliver, Tim Foster, Deborah A Williamson, Nevil Pierse, Michael G Baker

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

AIMS: New Zealand (NZ) Māori and Pacific children have high rates of acute rheumatic fever (ARF). Around 150 new cases arise each year. As part of the national ARF prevention programme, funding is available to improve housing. To obtain maximum benefit from interventions, an effective tool is needed for targeting high-risk children. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of using hospitalisations for identifying children at risk of subsequent ARF. METHODS: Three potentially avoidable hospitalisation (PAH) groups were investigated, including diseases thought to be influenced by housing. All were developed using expert opinion or systematic reviews. These were: (i) the PAH conditions ass..

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Grants

Awarded by Health Research Council of New Zealand


Funding Acknowledgements

Lotteries Health Research (NZ) - PhD scholarship was awarded to J Oliver. Health Research Council of New Zealand awarded a summer studentship research grant to T Foster through He Kainga Oranga: Translating Housing Research to Practice for Children's Health (HRC15/429). Jane Zhang (University of Otago) assisted with extracting hospitalisation data from the NMDS. We acknowledge the peer reviewers who provided useful feedback on this manuscript.