Combining laboratory and health data to better assess the burden and impact of respiratory infections in children

Faye Janice Lim

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    Abstract

    Respiratory infections are a significant cause of hospitalisation in children. This thesis used record linkage, a technique that combines multiple data sources relating to the same person, to investigate the epidemiology of pathogen-specific infection.

    The completeness of linked laboratory and hosp1tal data captured through record linkage was verified. These data were then used to estimate the burden of respiratory viruses among Western Australian children and assess the impact of viral co­-infection.

    Findings from this thesis demonstrate the power of record linkage to investigate pathogen-specific rates of disease and can inform public health prevention policies.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Award date31 May 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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