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Table 2 Anaemia care by age and geographic location in Indigenous children aged 6–59 months

From: Anemia in disadvantaged children aged under five years; quality of care in primary practice

  Eligible primary care centres n (%) Number of client records assesseda n (%) Proportion receiving care n (%) Age (months) Geographic location
6–11 n (%) 12–23 n (%) 24–59 n (%) Remote Rural Urban
Total 109 (100%) 2287 2287 430 (18.8%) 532 (23.3%) 1325 (57.9%) 1861 (81.4%) 346 (15.1%) 80 (3.5%)
Anaemia care
 Anticipatory guidance
  Breastfeeding (< 2 years) 109 (100%) 962 (42.1%) 728 (75.7%) 376 (87.4%) 352 (66.2%) N/A 638 (80.6%) 64 (53.8%) 26 (51%)
  Nutrition advice 109 (100%) 2287 (100%) 1665 (72.8%) 344 (80%) 434 (81.6%) 887 (66.9%) 1373 (73.8%) 233 (67.3%) 59 (73.8%)
  Food security 109 (100%) 899 (39.3%) 92 (10.2%) 29 (15.9%) 29 (13.9%) 34 (6.7%) 66 (9.4%) 20 (11.4%) 6 (25%)
 Child health surveillance
  Haemoglobin documented in last 12 months 109 (100%) 2096 (91.6%) 1472 (70.2%) 195 (49.9%) 381 (76.5%) 896 (74.2%) 1343 (74.8%) 109 (41.8%) 20 (50%)
 Follow up of abnormal findingsb
  Dietary/nutrition advice 109 (100%) 452 (19.8%) 298 (65.9%) 51 (65.4%) 115 (71%) 132 (62.3%) 258 (63.5%) 34 (85%) 6 (100%)
  Prescription of iron supplement 109 (100%) 452 (19.8%) 253 (56.0%) 40 (51.3%) 97 (59.9%) 116 (54.7%) 239 (58.9%) 11 (27.5%) 3 (50%)
  Follow-up FBE or haemoglobin within 2 months 109 (100%) 452 (19.8%) 219 (48.5%) 40 (51.3%) 76 (46.9%) 103 (48.6%) 208 (51.2%) 7 (17.5%) 4 (66.7%)
 Composite measure of quality of carec 109 (100%) 2096 (91.6%) 1127 (53.8%) 164 (41.9%) 322 (64.7%) 641 (53.1%) 1012 (56.4%) 95 (36.4%) 20 (50%)
  1. CQI Continuous Quality Improvement, FBE Full blood examination
  2. aProportions are less than 100% if the service is not included in the best practice guidelines for children of that age
  3. bA child was defined as having ‘abnormal haemoglobin findings’ according to the clinical practice guidelines in their state or territory for a child of that age (haemoglobin cut points 105, 100, 110 g/dl)
  4. cCaregiver received advice about nutrition and the child had received a haemoglobin measurement in the last 12 months