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Comparing Indigenous health status across regions: a numerical example of uncertainty

Cunningham, Joan (2002). Comparing Indigenous health status across regions: a numerical example of uncertainty. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,26(6):497-499.

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Title Comparing Indigenous health status across regions: a numerical example of uncertainty
Author Cunningham, Joan
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 6
Start Page 497
End Page 499
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Public Health Association Of Australia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Objective: To illustrate how regional variation in data quality could explain some or all of the apparent regional differences in the health status of Indigenous Australians.

Methods: A series of simple hypothetical numerical examples is provided, with varying assumptions regarding the accuracy of identification of Indigenous deaths.

Results: The apparent difference in Indigenous mortality in remote compared with urban areas is of a magnitude that could be explained by relatively modest regional differences in data quality.

Conclusion and implications: Determinations of relative health status within the Indigenous population must take into account the impact of variability in data quality.
Keywords Ethics
Health
Indigenous
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-842X.2002.tb00355.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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