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The Health Status of Indigenous Peoples and Others

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Indigenous populations differ in levels, patterns, and trends of health. What is common is the unacceptably large differences between the health of indigenous and non-indigenous populations in developed nations. Durie recently outlined the explanations for these disparities and proposed a broad spectrum of interventions to improve the health of indigenous people. Within that spectrum, health professionals can have a major role in contributing to dramatic reductions in mortality and morbidity through high quality primary healthcare services for prevention and early treatment.

The gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous populations is estimated to be 19-21 years in Australia, 8 years in New Zealand, 5-7 years in Canada, and 4-5 years in the United States. These continuing disparities in health are a matter of major concern, but it is none the less important to recognize the substantial narrowing of the gap in health between indigenous and non-indigenous people in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. In Australia the gap in median age at death seems to have widened.

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