Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Disease burden and health-care clinic attendances for young children in remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia

Danielle B Clucas, Kylie S Carville, Christine Connors, Bart J Currie, Jonathan R Carapetis, Ross M Andrews

Volume 86, Number 4, April 2008, 275-281

Table 1. Reasons for presentation of children at two remote community health clinics, East Arnhemland, January 2002 to September 2005a

Reasons for presentation Number of presentationsb Number of children presentingb Median of presentationsc
Non-infectious cause 2494 (34.3) 173 (99.4) 8 (5–11)
Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) 2313 (31.8) 172 (98.9) 7.5 (4–11)
Scabies and/or skin sores 1328 (18.3) 160 (91.9) 4 (2–6)
Scabies 569 (7.8) 131 (75.3) 3 (1–4)
Skin sores 1081 (14.9) 154 (88.5) 2 (1–5)
Ear disease 1288 (17.7) 159 (91.4) 3 (1–6)
Febrile illness 1082 (14.9) 160 (92.0) 3 (1–4)
Diarrhoea 1021 (14.0) 153 (87.9) 3 (1–6)
Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) 779 (10.7) 139 (79.9) 2.5 (1–5)
Throat infection 206 (2.8) 91 (52.3) 1 (1–2)
Tinea 184 (2.5) 83 (47.7) 1 (1–2)
Acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis 6 (0.1) 2 (0.0)
Acute rheumatic fever
1 (0.0)
1 (0.0)

Total presentations 7273 (100) 174 (100) 23 (13.5–30)

a Total presentations = 7273, total of cause = 12 484, as more than one reason may be recorded per visit. Data were analysed using Stata version 9.1.23b Percentage presented in parentheses.c Median number of presentations in the first year of life among those children who did present and for whom data is available for entire first year; interquartile range presented in parentheses.

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