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4816.0.55.001 - Occasional Paper: Long-term Health Conditions - A Guide To Time Series Comparability From The National Health Survey, Australia, 2001  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2003   
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Assessment:

1989-90 to 1995 NA
1995 to 2001 NA
      Survey year1989-9019952001
      Question description
      There were no questions or prompting for:"Fluid problems", "Fluid retention" or "oedema". However, respondents were free to report the condition in response to some of the running questions in Q230: "...-( DO YOU HAVE) ANY CONDITIONS THAT RECUR FROM TIME TO TIME SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HAYFEVER?"
      or ..."(DO YOU HAVE) ANY CONDITIONS WHICH ARE UNDER CONTROL BECAUSE YOU ARE HAVING LONG TERM TREATMENT OR TAKING MEDICATION. FOR EXAMPLE NEEDING GLASSES OR HAVING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?"

      There were no questions or prompting for:"Fluid problems", "Fluid retention" or "oedema". However, respondents had an opportunity to report the condition in response to Q448: "DO YOU HAVE ANY (OTHER) CONDITIONS THAT HAVE LASTED OR ARE EXPECTED TO LAST FOR SIX MONTHS OR MORE, FOR EXAMPLE:" Prompt card 'H' was shown, including a list of 23 conditions.
      or Q450: "DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER CONDITIONS SUCH AS THESE:" Prompt card 'I' was shown which read:
      "1 Conditions that recur from time to time"
      "2 Conditions that have lasted for a long time and that you may have adjusted to"
      "3 Conditions which are under control because you are having long term treatment or taking medication".
      Q450 asks respondents "..HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TOLD BY A DOCTOR OR NURSE YOU HAVE ANY HEART OR CIRCULATORY CONDITIONS?" as they are shown prompt card 15 which lists 13 conditions including: "Fluid problems, fluid retention or oedema".
      Subsequent questions Q453-454 and Q457-458 establish whether the conditions are current and long-term.
      ICD-9 codes276
      NHS codes016016135,941
      Estimate '00069.318.0296.4
      Standardised rate per 1,000 population(a)4.61.115.7
      95 % confidence intervals on standardised rates4.0 - 5.20.7 - 1.514.1 - 17.3
      (a) Age standardised to 2001 NHS benchmark population.

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