July 16, 2021
Pepi heart survival rate alarms researchers
Liggins Institute researchers want to know why fewer Māori and Pacific pēpi survive critical congenital heart disease compared with European babies.
Institute director and project head Professor Frank Bloomfield says researchers including Starship paediatrician Dr Simone Watkins will travel the country to ask affected families about their experiences of the medical system, starting with the baby’s diagnosis, as part of trying to understand why the ethnic disparities exist.
He says lower survival rates in Māori and Pasifika pēpi don’t seem to be explained by the severity of the condition itself.
The three year study has been funded with $377,000 from the Health Research Council.
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