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Indigenous Health Assignment
Last updated May 2012 by Mick Draper
Start by reading
You should look at the sections on Selected Health Conditions and the Concluding comments to find health conditions where there have been improvements. Read the literature cited for more detail on particular conditions.
You might also like to read Closing the Gap Prime Minister's Report 2012
"australian bureau of statistics" "statistics section"
into Summon for the easiest passage to the part of the ABS site that you need.
Click on the ABS Statistics section link.
On the next screen you have a couple of possible routes for finding indigenous health stats.
Alternatively click on the Topic button.
Scroll down to find Population/People
Click on the link to Indigenous Health.
Here you'll find a range of statistics.
To find the actual stats click on the Downloads tab.
Click on the pdf icon.
You'll need to compare stats from different times to see if there is really any significant difference. Warning: Definitions of some diseases might change, and the ability of health workers to make an accurate diagnosis might also change. The way stats are collected and analysed might also vary and will make it harder to compare different years.
Searching for Journal Articles
Write down the concepts that you are looking for.
Here the * is the truncation symbol.
Are there other terms for chronic kidney disease?
Informit Health Databases
Click on Health Sciences.
Scroll down the list of databases on the Health Sciences site and click on Informit Health Databases.
Click in the box next to Health in the blue bar on the next screen.
Click on the continue button.
This is an Australian database and most of the articles are about Australian subjects. There shouldn't be any need to include Australia in your searches in this database.
Type in the terms from your first logic grid column into the first search box.
Next type the terms from the second column of your logic grid into the second search box.
I limited the search period to 2007 to 2011.
Notice that you can limit your search to Full Text Records Only.
The full text here only applies to the full text that comes as part of the Informit Health databases.
My search found 52 citations (3rd May 2012)
Notice that the first citation doesn't have a link to the full text.
The second document has a link to full text.
Some of the citations may be duplicates. You are searching several databases.
If you want to make your search more specific, click on the link Add more terms
This is so you can add extra terms such as terms for prevention, control and therapy.
These results will be a subset of the previous search.
PubMed is available from the Library Home
Click on the link to the MeSH database.
MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings.
The main concepts are Australian aboriginals, and chronic kidney disease.
Try entering the first of these concepts into the MeSH Database search box.
The MeSH database claims to know nothing about Australian Aboriginals but takes you to the MeSH Oceanic Ancestry Group.
While this subject heading will work, it also includes people groups other than Australian Aboriginals.
The subject heading appears in the PubMed search builder.
Now we have to restrict the search to Australia instead of all the Oceanic groups.
Click in the box to the left of the subject heading Australia.
Click on Add to search builder.
Now search for chronic kidney disease in the MeSH Search box.
Click on the Add to Search Builder button.
Your results will appear.
Click on the Display Settings link or the down arrow to its right.
Most of the citations will now appear with abstracts, and many of them will have Uni of Adelaide Online icons.
If there isn't a Uni of Adelaide online icon and you really want to look at the article contact me.
To find similar citations to the one you are looking at click on the Related citations link.
This will usually find about 100+ citations that PubMed thinks are similar to the one found by your search.
What about Prevention or Control?
In PubMed when you get to the point where you are adding kidney failure, chronic to the PubMed Search Builder, click in the box to the left of prevention and control (and/or any of the other subheadings you want to search).
Click on Add to search builder.
Now PubMed will search for article citations that have the subject heading Kidney Failure, Chronic but only if they also have the subheading prevention and control.
This time there will be fewer citations.
Summon (on the Library home)
Go back to your logic grid and look at the terms you have there in light of what you have found already.
You might like to add terms for aspects of the search you haven't yet found that relate to the social problems that are involved.
From the logic grid you can generate a Summon search like the one below, remembering to keep terms that you OR together inside round brackets
australia* AND (aborigin* OR indigenous) AND ("chronic kidney disease" OR "end stage kidney disease" OR "chronic kidney failure" OR "chronic renal disease" OR "chronic renal failure") AND (barrier* OR access* OR attitude* OR inequ*)
Remember you can use the boxes and other tools on the left of the result screen to reduce the number of items found.
Please feel free to contact me if you are having trouble with any part of this assignment.
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