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Comparison of selected reasons for hospitalization of children among children's/tertiary hospitals, Australia, 1996-97 and 1997-98.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15228566     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To describe the major characteristics of admissions to children's/tertiary hospitals (compared to other hospitals) and to compare characteristics of local and non-local admissions to specialist children's hospitals. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of a routinely collected data set of hospitalizations in Australia in 1996-97 and 1997-98. RESULTS: Hospital-specific proportions of asthma and bronchitis, tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy and gastroenteritis varied considerably. Multivariate analysis comparing the characteristics of admitted patients by locality showed that non-local admissions of patients with asthma and bronchitis and gastroenteritis to selected children's hospitals were significantly more likely to be Indigenous children and/or children who had been transferred from another hospital. Non-local admissions of tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy patients to selected hospitals were significantly more likely to be public patients. CONCLUSIONS: Differences in the characteristics of admitted patients to children's hospitals by locality raise issues about equality of access and availability of appropriate services for these children and their families.
J B Ford; R L Henry; E A Sullivan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of paediatrics and child health     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1034-4810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  2004 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-01     Completed Date:  2004-09-24     Revised Date:  2007-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005421     Medline TA:  J Paediatr Child Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  374-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Women's and Children's Health, University of New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / epidemiology
Australia / epidemiology
Bronchitis / epidemiology
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Gastroenteritis / epidemiology
Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
Hospitals, Pediatric / statistics & numerical data*
Hospitals, Public / statistics & numerical data*
Tonsillectomy / statistics & numerical data
Comment In:
J Paediatr Child Health. 2005 Jan-Feb;41(1-2):79-80   [PMID:  15670235 ]

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