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Sharing success: improving secondary prophylaxis for acute rheumatic fever in Indigenous communities
This James Cook University (JCU) research project aims to identify and promote enablers and address potential barriers to the uptake of secondary antibiotic prophylaxis by Indigenous peoples with acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and/or rheumatic heart disease (RHD) living in northern and central Australia. The study investigates ways to improve uptake of regular intramuscular injections of long-acting benzathine penicillin (LAB) among patients with ARF and/or RHD to prevent the development or worsening of heart damage associated with these conditions.
Abstract adapted from James Cook University
School of Medicine and Dentistry
James Cook University
Townsville Qld 4811
Ph: (07) 4781 6232
Fax: (07) 4781 6986
Rémond MGW, Severin KL, Hodder Y, Martin J, Nelson C, Atkinson D, Maguire GP (2013)
Variability in disease burden and management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in two regions of tropical Australia.
Internal Medicine Journal; 43(4): 386–393