Journal article

Perinatal risk factors associated with skin infection hospitalisation in Western Australian Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal children

Rosanne Barnes, Asha C Bowen, Roz Walker, Steven YC Tong, Jodie McVernon, Patricia T Campbell, Parveen Fathima, Nicholas H de Klerk, Yue Wu, Christopher C Blyth, Jonathan R Carapetis, Hannah C Moore



BACKGROUND: Hospitalisation with skin infection in Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal children is common, with the highest rates in infants and children from remote WA. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to quantify infant, maternal, and sociodemographic risk factors for skin infection hospitalisation in WA children, focussing on Aboriginal children aged <17 years. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective population-based cohort study with linked perinatal and hospitalisation data on WA-born children (1996-2012), of whom 31 348 (6.7%) were Aboriginal. We used Cox regression to calculate adjusted hazard ratios and associated population attributable fractions (PAFs) for perinatal factors attributed to first hos..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant (1045668) and a Seed Grant provided by the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases. ACB, HCM, CCB, and SYCT are supported by NHMRC Fellowships (ACB 1088735, HM: 1034254; CCB: 1111596; SYCT: 1145033). We affirm not having entered into any agreement with the funders which may have limited our ability to complete the research as planned and confirm we have had full control of the data.