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Is being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander a risk factor for poor neonatal outcome in a tertiary referral unit in north Queensland?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11869395     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare perinatal outcomes for all births, and the morbidity and mortality patterns of babies admitted to neonatal intensive care, for non-Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (TSI) people in a major remote urban centre. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of all births and consecutive admissions to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Special Baby Care Unit (NICU/SCBU) at Kirwan Hospital for Women (KWH), Townsville (a tertiary referral hospital) was conducted from January 1998 to June 1999. RESULTS: There were 2575 births, with 2392 (93%) booked into KWH for delivery. The Aboriginal group differed from the non-Indigenous group only in the prevalence of low-birthweight births. The TSI group had significantly higher perinatal mortality rates, preterm and low-birthweight births than the non-Indigenous group. Seven hundred and fifty-eight babies were admitted to NICU/SCBU: 586 (77%) non-Indigenous, 129 (17%) Aboriginal, 43 (6%) TSI. There were significantly more preterm, lower birthweight and longer stay length Aboriginal and TSI babies. Being Indigenous was not associated with neonatal death. Gestation of less than 28 weeks, congenital anomalies, and high-grade cerebral haemorrhage, but not ethnicity, were independent risk factors for neonatal death. Maternal risk factors, including poor antenatal care attendance, were more prevalent amongst Indigenous women. CONCLUSION: Neonatal outcomes for Aboriginal infants were better than expected from national and State reports. Outcomes for Torres Strait Islander infants were worse than expected. Ethnicity was not a risk factor for neonatal death. These findings suggest that outcomes may be further improved by programmes to increase access for Indigenous women to antenatal care services.
K S Panaretto; R Muller; S Patole; D Watson; J S Whitehall
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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:  38     ISSN:  1034-4810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  2002 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-28     Completed Date:  2002-04-05     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:  16-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service, Kirwan Hospital for Women, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Cohort Studies
Health Services Research
Hospitals, Maternity
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / utilization*
Oceanic Ancestry Group* / statistics & numerical data*
Pregnancy Outcome / ethnology*
Prenatal Care / utilization
Prospective Studies
Queensland / epidemiology
Risk Factors
Urban Health Services / utilization
Comment In:
J Paediatr Child Health. 2002 Feb;38(1):4-5   [PMID:  11869392 ]

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