A report examining the prevalence, treatment and experience of arthritis in children aged from 0 to 15 has found that hospitalisation rates are increasing.
The report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), A snapshot of juvenile arthritis, indicated that in the decade from 2001-01 to 2009-10, hospitalisations for children with juvenile arthritis had "tripled".
"Juvenile arthritis is estimated to affect about 0.3 per cent of Australian children. The evidence is limited, but suggests that more girls suffer from juvenile arthritis than boys," said AIHW spokesperson Nigel Harding.
The hospitalisation rate has risen from 8.8 per 100,000 people in 2000-01 to 28.9 per 100,000 in 2009-10, with girls accounting for most of the increase.
"There are a few possible explanations for the increase in the hospitalisation rate," Mr Harding said.
"These include an increase in the number of children with the condition, changes in hospital admission practices for this condition, changes in the procedures available to treat the condition in hospital, and broader changes in the way this condition is managed in the health care system."
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