Journal article

Sudden infant death syndrome and unascertainable deaths: Trends and disparities among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal infants born in Western Australia from 1980 to 2001 inclusive

C Jane Freemantle, Anne W Read, Nicholas H de Klerk, Daniel McAullay, Ian P Anderson, Fiona J Stanley

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

AIM: To analyse patterns and trends in mortality from unknown causes (sudden infant death syndrome and unascertainable deaths) for all Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal infants born in Western Australia, 1980-2001. METHODS: Using total population linked data, we reviewed all post-mortem reports, including death scene investigations and final causes of death as ascertained by the coroner. Neonatal, post-neonatal and infant mortality rates attributed to unknown causes were calculated and the latter were analysed according to maternal age, geographical location, gestational age, sex and birthweight. Relative risks (95% confidence interval) for Aboriginal infants (compared with non-Aboriginal) were ..

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