Journal article

Trends in the annual prevalence of hospitalisation for remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, 1997/98 to 2004/05

Michael Coory, Trisha Johnston

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe trends in the annual prevalence of hospitalisation in remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, 1997/98 to 2004/05. METHODS: Descriptive analysis of computerised discharge abstracts that were linked using probabilistic matching to obtain person-based data. RESULTS: Over the eight years studied, the age-standardised annual prevalence of hospitalisation decreased by 4.5% per year (95% CI -4.8%- -4.1%). The decrease was largest at younger ages (e.g. 0-4 years: -6.0%; 70+ years: -1.9%). There were large decreases for infections (-6.1%; 95% CI -6.8%- -5.4%) and for injury (-7.3%; 95% CI -8.1%- -6.5%). However, there were increases for chronic diseases such as ischaemic h..

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