Systematic literature review to identify methods for treating and preventing bacterial skin infections in Indigenous children

Nepal, Smriti, Thomas, Susan L., Franklin, Richard C., Taylor, Kylie A., and Massey, Peter D. (2018) Systematic literature review to identify methods for treating and preventing bacterial skin infections in Indigenous children. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 59 (3). pp. 194-200.

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Abstract

Background/Objectives: Bacterial skin infections in Indigenous children in Australia frequently lead them to access primary health care. This systematic review aims to identify and analyse available studies describing the treatment and prevention of bacterial skin infections in Indigenous children.

Methods: Electronic databases including Scopus, MEDLINE, CINAHL, ProQuest, Informit and Google Scholar were searched. Studies in English published between August 1994 and September 2016, with the subject of bacterial skin infections involving Indigenous children and conducted in Australia, New Zealand, the USA or Canada were selected.

Results: Initially 1474 articles were identified. After the application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, 10 articles remained. Strategies for the treatment and prevention of bacterial skin infections included the management of active infections and lesions, improving environmental and personal hygiene, the installation of swimming pools and screening and treatment.

Conclusion: There is a need for more, rigorous, large-scale studies to develop evidence for appropriate, culturally acceptable methods to prevent and manage bacterial skin infections in Indigenous children in Australia. The problem is complex with multiple determinants. Until underlying socioeconomic conditions are addressed skin infections will continue to be a burden to communities.

Item ID: 50138
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-0960
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, CA-MRSA, children, pyoderma, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 23:32
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 100%
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