Prescribing issues for Aboriginal people

Murray, Richard (2003) Prescribing issues for Aboriginal people. Australian Prescribing, 26 (5). pp. 106-109.

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Abstract

boriginal people have higher rates of morbidity and mortality than other Australians and compare poorly to similar populations in other developed countries. In spite of this, access to medicines by Aboriginal people is poor, even for those living in urban areas. In remote areas there are different patterns of disease and bacterial infections are very common. The threshold for prescribing antibiotics is generally lower because Aboriginal patients are at higher risk of serious sequelae. Drug regimens should be simplified to increase the chance of successful treatment. Improving Aboriginal health will require reforms including improved access to and quality use of medicines, and legislative reform to support involvement of Aboriginal health workers in managing medicines.

Item ID: 10365
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: antibiotics; drug therapy; National Medicines Policy.
ISSN: 0312-8008
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2010 23:57
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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