Impact of primary care on child health
We have found that timely access to primary care is associated with fewer emergency department visits and hospital admissions for primary care sensitive conditions in children attracting widespread public interest and feeding written evidence into the Health Select Committee’s primary care strategy. We now have an NIHR funded work programme to tackle the problem supporting Dr Elizabeth Cecil’s work in close collaboration with the Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College London.
Tackling childhood obesity
Our collaborative work has focused on examining health risks of excess weight in British children supported by NIHR programme grant funding: PROMISE )Paediatric Research in Obesity Multi-modal Intervention and Service Evaluation) that links 5 studies including evaluation of the National Childhood Measurement Programme, hospital admission and bariatric surgery in children and development of electronic tools for assessing and managing obesity in primary care. Our work has led to recommendations in the UK Child Obesity Strategy First Report to protect the National Childhood Measurement Programme. International collaborations include research on racial disparities and cardiovascular risk is with Prof A Mainous III in the University of Southern Carolina, United States.
Prevention and treatment of infection in primary care
Our research has evaluated the impact of national vaccination against bacterial pneumonia, the role of antibiotics in preventing bacterial complications in children and risk factors for infections in neonates in international collaboration with Improving Children's Antibiotic Prescribing Group (iCAP) Prof. Mike Sharland, Prof. Ruth Gilbert and Prof ICK Wong.
Long-term conditions in children
One theme that has produced numerous high impact publications is the epidemiology of long-term outcomes of chronic diseases diagnosed in childhood such as Type 2 diabetes and inflammatory bowel conditions