Physical health of care-experienced young children in high-income countries: a scoping review protocol

Bradford, D. R. R. , Allik, M. , McMahon, A. D. and Brown, D. (2022) Physical health of care-experienced young children in high-income countries: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 12, e063648. (doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-063648) (PMCID:PMC9454045)

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Abstract

Introduction: Care-experienced children have poorer health, developmental, and quality of life outcomes across the lifespan compared to children who are not in care. These inequities begin to manifest in the early years. The purpose of the proposed scoping review is to collate and synthesise studies of the physical health of young care-experienced children. The results of the review will help map the distribution of health outcomes, identify potential targets for intervention, and assess gaps in the literature relating to this group. Methods and analysis: We will carry out a scoping review of the literature to identify studies of physical health outcomes in care-experienced children. Systematic literature searches will be carried out on the MEDLINE, CINAHL and Web of Science Core Collection databases for items indexed on or before 31 August 2022. Studies will be included where the participants are aged 3 months or greater and less than 6 years. Data elements extracted from included studies will include study objectives, health outcomes, participant demographics, care setting characteristics and bibliographic information. The results of the review will be synthesised and reported using a critical narrative approach. Comparisons between care and non-care populations will be reported if sufficient studies are identified. Ethics and dissemination: Data will be extracted from publicly available sources, so no additional ethical approval is required. Results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal article. Furthermore, they will be shared in summary reports and presented to local authorities, care organisations and other relevant stakeholders that can influence healthcare policy and procedure relating to young children in care.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: This work was funded as by the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office as part of an MRC PhD studentship awarded to DRRB (MC_ST_00022). MA/DB were supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant number ES/T000120/1), the Medical Research Council (MC_UU_00022/2) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (SPHSU17).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brown, Dr Denise and Allik, Dr Mirjam and McMahon, Dr Alex and Bradford, Mr Daniel
Authors: Bradford, D. R. R., Allik, M., McMahon, A. D., and Brown, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:BMJ Open
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:2044-6055
ISSN (Online):2044-6055
Published Online:07 September 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2022
First Published:First published in BMJ Open 12: e063648
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
306624Comparing health outcomes for looked after children and children in the general population in Scotland using linked administrative dataMirjam AllikEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/T000120/1HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048231Inequalities in healthAlastair LeylandOffice of the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSO)SPHSU17HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048231Inequalities in healthAlastair LeylandMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_00022/2HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit