Abo­rig­i­nal treat­ment must im­prove

Pilbara News - - News - Ben Leahy

Abo­rig­i­nal heart pa­tients in ru­ral WA need ac­cess to faster di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment tools, a re­search team has found.

Univer­sity of WA re­searchers based their find­ings on two au­dited stud­ies of how one ru­ral hospi­tal man­aged the treat­ment of heart at­tacks and un­sta­ble angina.

A study of the hospi­tal’s emer­gency de­part­ment records in 2011-12 and 2013-14 in­cluded a com­par­i­son be­tween how Abo­rig­i­nal pa­tients were treated com­pared to non-Abo­rig­i­nal pa­tients.

UWA ru­ral health Pro­fes­sor Sandra Thomp­son said the re­search showed “pa­tients in ru­ral ar­eas still do not have (timely) ac­cess to the same car­di­ol­ogy di­ag­nos­tic as­sess­ments and treat­ment in­ter­ven­tions … as those in metropoli­tan ar­eas”.

“Par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas where many Abo­rig­i­nal pop­u­la­tions re­side, ac­cess to faster di­ag­no­sis and the use of ef­fec­tive treat­ments is im­por­tant not only in re­duc­ing deaths but in … (gain­ing) bet­ter long-term out­comes,” she said.

Pro­fes­sor Thomp­son said other im­por­tant fac­tors were bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing of cul­tural be­liefs.

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