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Type: Journal article
Title: Socioeconomic status and heart failure in Sydney
Author: Close, G.
Newton, P.
Fung, S.
Denniss, A.
Halcomb, E.
Kovoor, P.
Stewart, S.
Davidson, P.
Citation: Heart, Lung and Circulation, 2014; 23(4):320-324
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1443-9506
1444-2892
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Glenn R. Close, Phillip J. Newton, Simon C. Fung, A. Robert Denniss, Elizabeth J. Halcomb, Pramesh Kovoor, Simon Stewart, Patricia M. Davidson
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic disadvantage is associated with an increased risk of developing heart failure and with inferior health outcomes following diagnosis. METHODS: Data for hospitalisations and deaths due to heart failure in the Sydney metropolitan region were extracted from New South Wales hospital records and Australian Bureau of Statistics databases for 1999-2003. Standardised rates were analysed according to patients' residential local government area and correlated with an index of socioeconomic disadvantage. RESULTS: Eight of the 13 local government areas with standardised separation rate ratios significantly higher than all NSW, and those with the six highest standardised separation rate ratios, were in Greater Western Sydney. Rates of heart failure hospitalisations per local government area were inversely correlated with level of socioeconomic status. CONCLUSIONS: Higher rates of heart failure hospitalisations among residents of socioeconomically disadvantaged regions within Sydney highlight the need for strategies to lessen the impact of disadvantage and strategies to improve cardiovascular health.
Keywords: Socioeconomic factors; Health status; Heart disparities; Heart failure; Sydney; Australia
Description: Online published-ahead-of-print 27 November 2013
Rights: © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc on behalf of Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ).
RMID: 0030087270
DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.10.056
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/219452
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