A patient is considered high risk for rheumatic fever if personal, family or household history of rheumatic fever or if they have 2 or more of the following criteria:
* Crowded Circumstances
Reference: pg 24 New Zealand Guidelines for Rheumatic Fever; 2014 Update
The Canadian National Occupancy Standard is a comprehensive measure of household crowding used by Statistics New Zealand and included as part of the New Zealand Deprivation Index.84 The Canadian Standard sets the bedroom requirements of a household according to the following composition criteria:
85 Household crowding has found to be a contributing factor for the occurrence of ARF.
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