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Sewage-based epidemiology: a novel, emerging approach to estimating population-level illicit drug consumption

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Lai, FY and Kirkbride, KP and Prichard, J and Bruno, R and Hall, W and Gartner, C and Mueller, JF, Sewage-based epidemiology: a novel, emerging approach to estimating population-level illicit drug consumption, Australasian Epidemiologist, 21.2 pp. 41-47. ISSN 1327-8835 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The disproportionate burdens of morbidity and premature mortality among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (TSI) Australianís are well documented. Research and clinical practice evaluations are essential in determining if existing programs to reduce this inequality gap will actually be effective. However, methodological rigour appears to be fundamentally lacking in the current evidence base with concerns that the absence of appropriate evaluations alongside these programs may result in implementation of ineffective practices and poor disease management. This article highlights some of the existing barriers for conducting research in collaboration with Aboriginal and TSI Australians and provides options to consider when addressing these issues.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:wastewater, drug use, epidemiology
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Substance Abuse
Author:Prichard, J (Dr Jeremy Prichard)
Author:Bruno, R (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
ID Code:95988
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-10-14
Last Modified:2014-10-14
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