Cardiovascular disease risk in young Indigenous Australians: a snapshot of current preventive health care

Crinall, Bethany, Boyle, Jacqueline, Gibson-Helm, Melanie, Esler, Danielle, Larkins, Sarah, and Bailie, Ross (2017) Cardiovascular disease risk in young Indigenous Australians: a snapshot of current preventive health care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41 (5). pp. 460-466.

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Objective: To examine preventive health attendance and recording of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors and their management in young Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders (Indigenous Australians) at primary health care centres (PHCs).

Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study audited medical records of 1,986 Indigenous people aged 15–34 years attending 93 Australian PHCs. Measurements included blood pressure (BP), blood glucose level (BGL), smoking status, body mass index (BMI) and lipid profile.

Results: Last attendance was most commonly for acute care (46%); 12% attended for preventive assessment. BP was recorded in 85% (1,686/1,986), BGL 63% (1,244/1,986), smoking status 52% (1,033/1,986), BMI 37% (743/1,986) and lipids 31% (625/1,986). Of those with a recorded assessment, elevated BGL (39%, 479/1,244), smoking (63%, 649/1,033), overweight/obesity (51%, 381/743) and dyslipidaemia (73%, 458/625) were common. Follow-up of abnormal results was documented for elevated BP 28% (34/120), elevated BGL 17% (79/479), smoking 65% (421/649), overweight/obesity 11% (40/381) and abnormal lipids 16% (75/458).

Conclusions: These findings highlight the importance of raising awareness and assessment of chronic disease risk factors in young Indigenous people and implementing preventive health care strategies.

Implications: Strengthening the capacity of PHCs to provide preventive health care may contribute to reducing the chronic disease burden experienced by young Indigenous people.

Item ID: 44683
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1753-6405
Keywords: Indigenous; primary health care; Australia; quality improvement; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; prevention
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Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Lowitja Institute (LI), Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC 545267, ARC Future Fellowship 100100087
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2016 02:49
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4504 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing > 450408 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion @ 40%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420605 Preventative health care @ 20%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3201 Cardiovascular medicine and haematology > 320101 Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 50%
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