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BACKGROUND To determine the prevalence and cost of alternative medicines and alternative practitioner use in an Australian population. METHODS We conducted a representative population survey of persons aged 15 or older living in South Australia, which required 3004 personal interviews. We assessed the rates of use and types of alternative medicine and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the attributable risk for suicidal ideation of depression and psychosocial and traumatic events in a random and representative population. METHOD Data were gathered from a random and representative sample of 2501 South Australians. Suicidal ideation and clinical depression were determined by the general health questionnaire (GHQ-28)(More)
BACKGROUND Multimorbidity, the simultaneous occurrence of two or more chronic conditions, is usually associated with older persons. This research assessed multimorbidity across a range of ages so that planners are informed and appropriate prevention programs, management strategies and health service/health care planning can be implemented. METHODS(More)
The North West Adelaide Health Study is a population-based biomedical cohort study investigating the prevalence of a number of chronic conditions and health-related risk factors along a continuum. This methodology may assist with evidence-based decisions for health policy makers and planners, and inform health professionals who are involved in chronic(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify any association between asthma and depression and quality of life. DESIGN AND SETTING A face-to-face Health Omnibus Survey of a random and representative sample of the South Australian population in August 1998. PARTICIPANTS 3010 randomly selected participants aged 15 years and over. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Prevalence of(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study is to describe health services utilisation and morbidity, including health-related quality of life, in those with major depression in a random and representative sample of the population. METHOD Data were gathered in a Health Omnibus Survey of the South Australian population. Major depression was delineated on the(More)
BACKGROUND Analysis was undertaken on data from randomly selected participants of a bio-medical cohort study to assess representativeness. The research hypotheses was that there was no difference in participation and non-participations in terms of health-related indicators (smoking, alcohol use, body mass index, physical activity, blood pressure and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the comparative prevalence and distribution of obesity and psychological disturbance in the asthma and non-asthma populations, and to determine how these comorbidities are associated with physical functioning. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS A South Australian population-representative study of 3175 adults who provided data on(More)
BACKGROUND Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications are a common cause of reported adverse drug side-effects. This study describes the prevalence of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) use (other than low-dose aspirin) and the presence of co-existing relative contraindications to NSAID use and chronic conditions in a representative population(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess trends in the prevalence of self-reported doctor-diagnosed asthma, associated asthma related morbidity, and the uptake of written asthma action plans in South Australia, 1990-2001. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Surveys by telephone interview of the South Australian population between 1990 and 2001, and interview of participants in(More)