High profile Department of Health report cites Paediatric Epidemiology research undertaken by LIGHT staff

A Department of Health report was published last week on the health outcomes of children and young people - www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/07/cyp-report

 A Department of Health report was published last week on the health outcomes of children and young people - www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/07/cyp-report

The main report will underpin future investment in research into children’s and young people’s health and has many interesting recommendations regarding the collection of data/information.  Throughout the report there are very few mentions of specific organisations or agencies or projects, however on page 60 the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANet -www.picanet.org.uk),run from the Division of Epidemiology (PI: Dr Roger Parslow) in collaboration with the University of Leicester (PI: Professor Liz Draper), is commended. 

Four supplementary reports were produced alongside this national report focussing on specific themes.  The report on ‘improving outcomes for children with long term conditions, disabilities and life threatening conditions’ states that one of the biggest barriers to improving outcomes for children is the paucity of robust and comprehensive data.   However, examples are quoted of where data does exist including for palliative care where Dr Lorna Fraser’s published paper ‘Rising National Prevalence of Life-Limiting Conditions in Children in England’ from March this year provides the only robust source of data.

It is highly significant that work in paediatric epidemiology has been cited in such high profile key national reports; congratulations to all those involved in the continuing work.