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|Title:||The long term consequences of preterm birth: What do teachers know?|
|Authors:||Johnson, Samantha J.|
Jaekel, J. A.
|Publisher:||Wiley for Mac Keith Press|
|Citation:||Johnson, S., Gilmore, C., Gallimore, I., Jaekel, J. and Wolke, D. (2015), The long-term consequences of preterm birth: what do teachers know?. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12683|
|Abstract:||Aim: The knowledge and information needs of education professionals was assessed to determine how prepared they are to support the growing number of preterm children entering schools today. Method. In a national survey, 585 teachers and 212 educational psychologists completed the Preterm Birth-Knowledge Scale to assess knowledge of outcomes following preterm birth. Total scores (range 0-33) were compared between groups and the impact of demographic characteristics on knowledge was analysed. Training and information needs were also assessed. Results. Teaching staff (mean 14.7; SD 5.5) had significantly lower knowledge scores than educational psychologists (mean 17.1; SD 5.0; p<0.001); both had significantly lower scores than clinicians surveyed previously (mean 26.0; SD 3.6; p<0.001). Education professionals’ poorest areas of knowledge related to the most frequent adverse outcomes following preterm birth. Only 16% of teaching staff received training about preterm birth and >90% requested more information. Having a special educational needs role and being employed ≥16 years were associated with higher knowledge scores. Interpretation. Education professionals have poor knowledge of the needs of preterm children and most feel ill-equipped to support them in school. As teachers have primary responsibility for providing long-term support for preterm children this is of significant public health and educational concern.|
|Rights:||Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Johnson, S., Gilmore, C., Gallimore, I., Jaekel, J. and Wolke, D. (2015), The long-term consequences of preterm birth: what do teachers know?. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. , which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.12683. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Health Sciences|
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