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Peripheral arterial disease in Ontario First Nations people with diabetes a longitudinal population-based cohort study


Background — Peripheral arterial disease is an important vascular complication of diabetes that may lead to lower-extremity amputation. We aimed to compare the treatment and complications of peripheral arterial disease between First Nations people and other people in Ontario with diabetes.

Methods — Using healthcare administrative databases, we identified annual cohorts, from 1995/96 to 2014/15, of all people aged 20–105 years in Ontario with a diagnosis of diabetes. We used the Indian Register to identify those who were First Nations people and compared them to all other people in Ontario. We identified revascularization procedures (angioplasty or bypass surgery) and lower-extremity amputation procedures in the 2 populations and determined the mortality rate among those who had had lower-extremity amputation.

Results — First Nations people received revascularization procedures at a rate comparable to that for other people in Ontario. However, they had lower-extremity amputation procedures at 3–5 times the frequency for other Ontario residents. First Nations people had higher mortality than other people in Ontario after lower-extremity amputation (adjusted hazard ratio 1.15, 95% confidence interval 1.05–1.26), with median survival of 3.5 years versus 4.1 years.

Interpretation — First Nations people in Ontario had a markedly increased risk for lower-extremity amputation compared to other people in Ontario, and their mortality rate after amputation was 15% higher. Future research is needed to understand what barriers First Nations people face to receive adequate peripheral arterial disease care and what interventions are necessary to achieve equitable outcomes of peripheral arterial disease for First Nations people in Ontario.



Shah BR, Frymire E, Jacklin K, Jones CR, Khan S, Slater M, Walker JD, Green ME. CMAJ Open. 7(4):E700-5. Epub 2019 Dec 10.

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