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Management of primary care cardiovascular risk in the military Fijian population
  1. Richard Cruttenden1 and
  2. J Clark2
  1. 1Medical Centre, Defence Primary Healthcare, Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK
  2. 2Newcastle Medical Centre, Defence Primary Healthcare, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard Cruttenden, Medical Centre, Defence Primary Healthcare, Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK; RC.academic{at}

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Fijians, and the wider Melanesian ethnic grouping, are recognised to have different healthcare requirements compared to European populations. This is due to genetic and environmental influencing factors. In particular, there is an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.1

A 2019 Freedom of Information request showed that there were ~1500 Fijian-born personnel serving across Defence. Although this value represented 1.2% of the 2019 Defence population, it accounts for at least 50% of the total 2021 UK Fijian-born population.2 While the figure for Fijian serving personnel given will correlate to those registered with a Defence Primary Healthcare Centre (DPHC), this does not include British-born Fijians and wider family members who may …

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it first published. Corresponding author email has been updated.

  • Contributors RC researched and drafted the initial article. JC supported the drafting process and provided clinical steering and guidance.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.