OBJECTIVE The caesarean section rates have been rising in the developed world for over two decades. This study assessed the involvement of the public and private health sectors in this increase. DESIGN Population-based, retrospective cohort study. SETTING Public and private hospitals in Western Australia. PARTICIPANTS Included in this study were 155… (More)
Throughout the United States and Europe, demand for airport use has been increasing rapidly during recent years, while airport capacity has been stagnating. Acute congestion in many major airports has been the unfortunate result. For U.S. airlines, the total yearly delay costs resulting from congestion are estimated to be on the order of $2 billion, while… (More)
OBJECTIVE To use propensity score methods to create similar groups of women delivering in public and private hospitals and determine any differences in mode of delivery and neonatal outcomes between the matched groups. DESIGN Population-based, retrospective cohort study. SETTING Public and private hospitals in Western Australia. PARTICIPANTS Included… (More)
Refugia have long been studied from paleontological and biogeographical perspectives to understand how populations persisted during past periods of unfavorable climate. Recently, researchers have applied the idea to contemporary landscapes to identify climate change refugia, here defined as areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate change over… (More)
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BACKGROUND Mothers delivering as private patients in Australia have a high rate of assisted deliveries, which could lead to adverse infant outcomes in this group of patients. We investigated whether the risk of adverse infant outcomes after assisted deliveries was different for mothers admitted as public or private patients for delivery, when compared with… (More)