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Patterns of malaria-related hospital admissions and mortality among Malawian children: an example of spatial modelling of hospital register data.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Malaria Journal
1475-2875
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
5
Pages
93–93
Identifiers
PMID: 17067375
Source
Medline

Abstract

Rates of malaria hospitalization and in-hospital mortality decreased with age. Case fatality rate was associated with distance, age, wet season and increased if the patient was referred to the hospital. Furthermore, death rate was high on first day, followed by relatively low rate as length of hospital stay increased. Both outcomes showed substantial spatial heterogeneity, which may be attributed to the varying determinants of malaria risk, health services availability and accessibility, and health seeking behaviour. The increased risk of mortality of children referred from primary health facilities may imply inadequate care being available at the referring facility, or the referring facility are referring the more severe cases which are expected to have a higher case fatality rate. Improved prognosis as the length of hospital stay increased suggest that appropriate care when available can save lives. Reducing malaria burden may require integrated strategies encompassing availability of adequate care at primary facilities, introducing home or community case management as well as encouraging early referral, and reinforcing interventions to interrupt malaria transmission.

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