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Hospital procedures for diseases of the digestive tract in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians

Posted on: 16 February, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 1, January 2009 - March 2009
Related to Health Gastrointestinal Hospitalisation Services

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Moore A, Vu H, Herceg A, Al-Yaman F (2008)
Hospital procedures for diseases of the digestive tract in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. (AIHW Catalogue no. IHW 23)
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

For Indigenous people rates of hospitalisation for diseases of the digestive system are lower compared with non-Indigenous Australians. For those Australians hospitalised with a disease of the digestive system, Indigenous people are less likely to have a procedure recorded than other Australians. This study examined the patterns of undergoing a procedure for diseases of the digestive tract, once admitted to hospital for Indigenous people compared with other Australians. Adjustments were made for a number of variables, for example, urgency of admission, hospital sector and patient characteristics. It was recommended that consideration should be given to these findings when Indigenous specific health programs are implemented.

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