An epidemiological study of Henoch-Schönlein purpura

Penny, K., Fleming, M. , Kazmierczak, D. and Thomas, A. (2010) An epidemiological study of Henoch-Schönlein purpura. Paediatric Nursing, 22(10), pp. 30-35. (doi: 10.7748/paed2010.

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Aim: To describe the incidence of hospital admission among children in the Scottish population for Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). Method: The annual, quarterly and monthly incidences of HSP were derived from routinely collected data for Scotland from 1995 to 2007. Results: Annual incidences of childhood cases of HSP in Scotland ranged from 20.3 to 26.7 per 100,000 of the child population over 1995-2007. Quarterly rates were highest in winter and lowest in summer. Monthly rates were highest in the months between December and March and consistently low in July and August. Conclusion: The annual incidence of childhood HSP in Scotland appears high compared with rates reported in other countries, and the results demonstrate a seasonal pattern. Health professionals should be aware of the symptoms, and of the best treatments and care available. Further research is needed to gain a better understanding of this disease, as the aetiology remains unknown and there are no clear evidence-based treatments or interventions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fleming, Dr Michael
Authors: Penny, K., Fleming, M., Kazmierczak, D., and Thomas, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Paediatric Nursing

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