Comparing Indigenous health status across regions: A numerical example of uncertainty

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    Objective: To illustrate how regional variation in data quality could explain some or all of the apparent regional differences in the health status of Indigenous Australians.

    Methods: A series of simple hypothetical numerical examples is provided, with varying assumptions regarding the accuracy of identification of Indigenous deaths.

    Results: The apparent difference in Indigenous mortality in remote compared with urban areas is of a magnitude that could be explained by relatively modest regional differences in data quality.

    Conclusion and implications: Determinations of relative health status within the Indigenous population must take into account the impact of variability in data quality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)497-499
    Number of pages3
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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