Journal article

Association between area-level socioeconomic status, accessibility and diabetes-related hospitalisations: a cross-sectional analysis of data from Western Victoria, Australia

Muhammad A Sajjad, Kara L Holloway-Kew, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Mark A Kotowicz, Lelia LF de Abreu, Patricia M Livingston, Mustafa Khasraw, Sharon Hakkennes, Trisha L Dunning, Susan Brumby, Richard S Page, Alasdair G Sutherland, Svetha Venkatesh, Lana J Williams, Sharon L Brennan-Olsen, Julie A Pasco



OBJECTIVE: Hospitalisation rates for many chronic conditions are higher in socioeconomically disadvantaged and less accessible areas. We aimed to map diabetes hospitalisation rates by local government area (LGA) across Western Victoria, Australia, and investigate their association with socioeconomic status (SES) and accessibility/remoteness. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study METHODS: Data were acquired from the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset for all hospitalisations (public and private) with a diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus during 2011-2014. Crude and age-standardised hospitalisation rates (per 1000 population per year) were calculated by LGA for men, women and combined dat..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Australia) Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre, a partnership for research collaboration between Deakin University, Federation University and 13 health service providers across Western Victoria, Australia. MAS and LLFdA were supported by postgraduate scholarships from Deakin University. KLH-K was supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Deakin University. SLB-O and LJW were each supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Australia) Career Development Fellowship (1107510 and 1064272, respectively).