In addition to our
population-level research around improving children and young peoples’ health generally and addressing the risk factors of ill health, PIHR researchers also specialise in ways to improve the care of babies and children within healthcare settings. Much of this work is undertaken through our Future Generations Research Group.
Care of children
We also have significant research expertise in paediatric nursing, streams including child and family centred care (International Network for Child and Family Centred Care, co-Chaired by
Neill), patient and family witnessed resuscitation, end-of-life care, paediatric sepsis, patient and family reported outcome measures and clinical care improvement ( Latour); and the presentation and management of acute childhood illness in children under five years of age, predominantly in the home and in first contact health services, such as primary care and urgent and emergency care ( Neill).
ASK SNIFF, a programme of research developing video based information resources to help families with young children understand signs and symptoms of acute illness so that they can spot when their child is sick.
Care during pregnancy
Factors such as maternal obesity, excess gestational weight gain, stress and smoking in pregnancy present risks to the developing foetus.
Our research includes an evaluation of eHealth tools in supporting women who have experienced Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in the interconception and postpartum periods (
Edwards, Shawe, Maslin, Andrade, Jones).
We have investigated care and support of expectant women with asthma (
Williamson) and diabetes ( James, Redfern), maternity high dependency care in obstetric units remote from tertiary referral units ( James, Endacott) and organisational interventions to reduce caesarean section ( Kent).
The role that pre-conception life plays in shaping future health chances is increasingly recognised.