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Title: Evaluation of the use of a parent questionnaire to provide later health status data: The Panda Study
Authors: Field, David
Spata, Edi
Davies, Thomas
Manktelow, Brad
Johnson, Samantha J.
Boyle, Elaine
Draper, Elizabeth S.
First Published: 12-Oct-2015
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Citation: Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2015 (Online First)
Abstract: Background: Routine comparable outcome data collection relating to the later health status of babies born very preterm has long been considered important, but has not been achieved in the UK. Aim: To test the potential for a parental questionnaire to provide these data for all eligible babies from a geographical population. Methods: Consent for follow-up by questionnaire (using the Parent Report of Children's Abilities-Revised combined with questions derived from the Oxford minimum dataset) was sought for all babies ≤30 weeks of gestation, discharged from a hospital in the East Midlands and Yorkshire regions of the UK, having been born between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2011. Results: The rate of consent to participate in follow-up showed a steady increase over time to 83.1% in 2011. However, the response rate in terms of completion and return of the questionnaire at 2 years, as a proportion of those eligible, showed little change over time, varying between 42% and 46%. Among those children where a questionnaire was returned, the rate of disability was broadly consistent over time: lowest in 2009, 21.0% (95% CI 16.8% to 25.6%) and highest in 2011, 25.5% (95% CI 21.5% to 31.2%). The instruments used appeared effective with the capability of discriminating between children with physical and/or cognitive disability. Conclusions: The overall response rate in terms of returned questionnaires was disappointing and inadequate to recommend for implementation. It is possible that response rates would have been higher had clinical follow-up been linked to the data obtained from the questionnaires rather than running as a parallel process.
DOI Link: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-309247
ISSN: 0003-9888
eISSN: 1468-2044
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Article author (or their employer) 2015. Produced by BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (& RCPCH) under licence. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy, available at
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