New Zealand Medical Journal
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Questions about New Zealand's health system in 2013, its 75th anniversary year.
We have achieved the aims of the 1938 Social Security Act which laid out a set of principles for health care delivery. The article looks at questions of access, equity and service integration. It outlines why the health system we have today is shaped the way it is, and asks whether we should recommi...
Reading between the COPD audits: have current GOLD standards lost their lustre?
Transient ischaemic attacks: "mini-strokes" with major but preventable consequences.
What does 'undiagnosed' diabetes really mean?
The uptake rates of influenza vaccine in pregnant women in the Nelson region of New Zealand.
A retrospective review of notified human cryptosporidiosis cases in the Waikato region of New Zealand, 2004 to 2011.
To retrospectively review notified human cryptosporidiosis cases in the Waikato region of New Zealand between 2004 and 2011 and to identify risk factors for human cryptosporidiosis infection. Waikato cryptosporidiosis notification data for the period 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2011 were analysed...
Carbon dioxide insufflation during colonoscopy: a randomised controlled trial.
To determine if carbon dioxide (CO2), insufflated during colonoscopy reduces pain experienced by patients post colonoscopy compared to air. A randomised, double-blinded, controlled trial with 205 consecutive consented patients referred for elective colonoscopy was undertaken at MidCentral Health Gas...
Timely delivery of hip fracture care: a Middlemore Hospital audit.
We advocate the development of a multicentre audit in NZ hospitals....
The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 in two remote island nations: Iceland and New Zealand.
We aimed to compare the epidemiology and public health response to this pandemic in two remote island nations, on opposite sides of the globe: Iceland and New Zealand (NZ). Historical accounts in both nations were reviewed, along with recent analysis of the pandemics impact and course. Marked simila...
Molecular epidemiology of human tuberculosis in New Zealand and potential insights for disease control.