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Epidemiology of childhood diabetes in Western Australia
Liz Davis, Aveni Haynes, Matt Cooper, Carol Bower, Tim Jones
The objectives of this study are:
To study the epidemiology of childhood diabetes in Western Australia from 1985 onwards
To look for differences in incidence rates by year of diagnosis, age of diagnosis, sex, month of diagnosis, birth month and place of residence at diagnosis.
To identify modifiable risk factors that may be contributing to the increasing number of children being diagnosed with diabetes
To characterise the clinical course of diabetes in this population-based cohort of childhood diabetes and the development of complications of diabetes
To analyse the effects of changes in treatment regimens and clinical management strategies on the rates of complications of diabetes
To periodically evaluate the completeness of ascertainment of the Western Australian Children’s Diabetes Database
These aims will be achieved by analysis of data from the Western Australian Children’s Diabetes Database, together with data linkage to other core data resources in the Western Australian Data Linkage Unit. The study population will be all children diagnosed with childhood diabetes under the age of 15 years, who were resident in Western Australia at the time of diagnosis. The study period is from January 1985 to the most recent years available. There are over 1500 cases in the diabetes register at Princess Margaret Hospital that meet these inclusion criteria.
Funder: Department of Endocrinology & Diabetes, PMH