Chronic wet cough in children is the hallmark symptom of bronchiectasis, which has a high prevalence among Australian First Nations children. Bronchiectasis causes early mortality but can potentially be prevented if precursors such as protracted bacterial bronchitis are recognised and managed early. However, diagnosis is often delayed by years due to delayed recognition and management of chronic wet cough by families and clinicians. This thesis shows that protracted bacterial bronchitis is prevalent in First Nations children. Strategies to facilitate early recognition and management by both families and clinicians improves health seeking and health outcomes for First Nations children.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||26 Oct 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|