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Lung disease in indigenous children

Chang, Anne B., Brown, Ngiare J., Toombs, Maree, Marsh, Robyn L. and Redding, Greg J. (2014). Lung disease in indigenous children. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews,15(4):325-332.

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Title Lung disease in indigenous children
Author Chang, Anne B.
Brown, Ngiare J.
Toombs, Maree
Marsh, Robyn L.
Redding, Greg J.
Journal Name Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1526-0542   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84918825679
Start Page 325
End Page 332
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Children in indigenous populations have substantially higher respiratory morbidity than non-indigenous children. Indigenous children have more frequent respiratory infections that are, more severe and, associated with long-term sequelae. Post-infectious sequelae such as chronic suppurative lung disease and bronchiectasis are especially prevalent among indigenous groups and have lifelong impact on lung function. Also, although estimates of asthma prevalence among indigenous children are similar to non-indigenous groups the morbidity of asthma is higher in indigenous children. To reduce the morbidity of respiratory illness, best-practice medicine is essential in addition to improving socio-economic factors, (eg household crowding), tobacco smoke exposure, and access to health care and illness prevention programs that likely contribute to these issues. Although each indigenous group may have unique health beliefs and interfaces with modern health care, a culturally sensitive and community-based comprehensive care system of preventive and long term care can improve outcomes for all these conditions. This article focuses on common respiratory conditions encountered by indigenous children living in affluent countries where data is available.
Keywords Lung
chronic lung disease
acute respiratory infections
protracted bacterial bronchitis
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