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April 04, 2018

New Study shows Remote Dwelling Location Is a Risk Factor for CKD Among Indigenous Canadians

A new study by Chronic Disease Innovation Centre researchers compares  urban indigenous groups with similar risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease with groups of indigenous people screened  previously in remote areas of rural and northern Manitoba with some interesting conclusions.

Indigenous people suffer disproportionately from higher rates of diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD). An earlier study found higher rates overall for rural and remote residents so researchers wanted to quantify the impact of geography among social determinants of health.

Mobile clinics were hosted in selected low income areas of Winnipeg in 2015 and 2016 to screen 248 indigenous adults for chronic disease. Results were compared with results from the previous FINISHED Project which screened 1346 adults from 11 communities, some accessible by roads and some accessible only by air. Basically rates of disease were higher for similar demographics in road accessible communities than in the city and highest in fly-in communities.

The study led by Research Director Dr. Paul Komenda, and reported in KI Reports concluded that “Although these results highlight the relative importance of geography in determining the prevalence of diabetes and CKD in Indigenous Canadians, geography is but an important surrogate of other determinants, such as poverty and access to care.

You can read the entire study online at KI Reports.Org.


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