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The DRUID Study: Diabetes and Related Disorders in Urban Indigenous People in the Darwin Region
The DRUID study: diabetes and related disorders in urban Indigenous people in the Darwin region was a partnership between researchers, health service providers and an Indigenous steering group of individuals from the Darwin, Northern Territory, Indigenous community.
Activities undertaken in the study included:
- examining the health of Indigenous adults aged 15 and over
- referring people with disease to the appropriate health care and related services
- assessing the presence of complications among people with diabetes, both those previously diagnosed and those newly diagnosed.
Participants in the study were followed over time to collect information on the state of their health and their use of health services. This study aimed to provide important new insights into the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people in urban areas.
A follow up study to assess the health of the original DRUID study participants was commenced in January 2012 and is due for completion in December 2013.
Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research
Menzies School of Health Research
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Consent for long-term storage of blood samples by Indigenous Australian research participants: the DRUID study experience.
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Development and validation of the Measure of Indigenous Racism Experiences (MIRE).
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Diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in urban Indigenous adults: results from the DRUID study.
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Diversity of primary health care providers for urban Indigenous Australians [letter].
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Lloyd J (2003)
DRUID: the sum of many parts, partners, participants is now opening its doors.
The Chronicle; 7(2): 17
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Experiences of racism among urban Indigenous Australians: findings from the DRUID study.
Ethnic and Racial Studies; 32(3): 548-573
Maple-Brown LJ, Cunningham J, Nandi N, Hodge A, O'Dea K (2010)
Fibrinogen and associated risk factors in a high-risk population: urban Indigenous Australians, the DRUID Study.
Cardiovascular Diabetology; 9(69): 1-26
Maple-Brown LJ, Cunningham J, Hodge AM, Weeramanthri T, Dunbar T, Lawton PD, Zimmet PZ, Chadban SJ, Polkinghorne KR, Shaw JE, O'Dea K (2011)
High rates of albuminuria but not of low eGFR in urban Indigenous Australians: the DRUID Study.
BMC Public Health; 11: 346
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Impact of dyslipidaemia on arterial structure and function in urban Indigenous Australians.
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Impaired glucose metabolism and other metabolic risk factors in the development of cardiovascular disease -findings from AusDiab and plans to follow-up DRUID.
: Menzies School of Health Research
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Perceived weight versus body mass index among urban Aboriginal Australians: do perceptions and measurements match?.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 32(2): 135-138
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Socioeconomic status and diabetes among urban Indigenous Australians aged 15-64 years in the DRUID study.
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Update on the DRUID study.
The Chronicle; 10(2): 3-4
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