Journal article

Are sociodemographic characteristics associated with spatial variation in the incidence of OHCA and bystander CPR rates? A population-based observational study in Victoria, Australia

Lahn D Straney, Janet E Bray, Ben Beck, Stephen Bernard, Marijana Lijovic, Karen Smith

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016


BACKGROUND: Rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have been shown to vary considerably in Victoria. We examined the extent to which this variation could be explained by the sociodemographic and population health characteristics of the region. METHODS: Using the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry, we extracted OHCA cases occurring between 2011 and 2013. We restricted the calculation of bystander CPR rates to those arrests that were witnessed by a bystander. To estimate the level of variation between Victorian local government areas (LGAs), we used a two-stage modelling approach using random-effects modelling. RESULTS: Between..

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Awarded by National Medical Health and Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Public Health Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

JEB and LDS receive salary support from the National Medical Health and Research Council (NHMRC) funded Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (#1029983) Centre of Research Excellence. JEB receives salary support from an NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Public Health Fellowship (#1069985).