Cough and ARI outcomes in urban Indigenous Children

Hall, Kerry, Chang, Anne B., Anderson, Jennifer, Kemp, Anita, & O'Grady, Kerry-Ann (2015) Cough and ARI outcomes in urban Indigenous Children. In TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting, 28 March-1 April 2015, Gold Coast, Qld.

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To identify cough epidemiology and outcomes in urban Indigenous children


An ongoing prospective cohort study of Indigenous children aged <5 years registered with at an urban Indigenous primary health care centre, Brisbane. Detailed baseline data are collected and, children are followed monthly for 12 months to capture ARI events. Children who develop cough as a symptom at any time over the 12 months have weekly follow-up for four weeks to ascertain cough outcomes.


To date, 118 children have been enrolled (535 child-months of observation); Respiratory illnesses accounted for 23 (19 %) of overall reported reasons for presentation, however respiratory symptoms were present in 41 (35%) of all visits; a dry cough in 22 (18%), wet cough in 31 (26%). To date, 99 ARI’s have been recorded with an incidence of 18.4 episodes/100 child months. Seventeen children (14.4%) had persistent cough at day 28.


This is the first study to comprehensively describe the incidence and outcomes of cough in urban Indigenous children. Early data suggest respiratory illnesses are the most common illnesses for which these children seek medical advice and there is a high prevalence of wet cough.

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ID Code: 90251
Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Abstracts of the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science, Annual Scientific Meeting 2015
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DOI: 10.1111/resp.12494_7
ISSN: 1440-1843
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2015 22:18
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2015 22:18

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