Interpretation of recent sudden infant death syndrome rates in Western Australia

Cecily Freemantle, A.W. Read, Nicholas De Klerk, A.K. Charles, D. Mcaullay, Fiona Stanley

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The diagnosis of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has undergone several changes in definition since first being recognised as a cause of death. Linked total population data from Western Australia enable investigations to determine changes in classifications of mortality for the infants of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal mothers (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are referred to throughout this report as 'Aboriginal'). Data for recent years show a shift away from a classification of 'SIDS' towards a classification of 'unascertainable', particularly for Aboriginal infants. This has implications for the accurate translation of data into policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-670
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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