Small area analysis of diabetes complications: Opportunities for targeting public health and health services interventions.
Source: Australian Journal of Primary Health 11(3):72-78.
Abstract: The complications of diabetes were analyzed in small areas in Victoria, Australia. A total of 32 Primary Care Partnerships (PHPs) were formed by combining local government areas and the PHPs were used as geographic unites of analyses. Direct standardization of admission rates were done using age and sex from the 1996 Victorian population as the standard. The 95% confidence interval showed wide variation in the standardized admission rates for diabetes complications (ranging from 0.37 to 1.75). The admission rates in 11 PCPs were significantly higher than the Victorian average and about 43% of the total admission and bed days in Victoria were from seven PCPs. The findings of this study can be used to develop public health services and interventions for diabetes complications. (Cirrie Abstract)
Institution: Health Surveillance and Evaluation Section, Public Health Group, Department of Human Services, Canada