Faux-Nightingale, A, Burton, CL, Twohig, H, Blagojevic-Bucknall, M, Carroll, WD, Chew-Graham, CA, Dunn, KM, Gilchrist, FJ, Helliwell, T, Lawton, O, Lawton, SA, Mallen, CD, Saunders, B, van der Windt, DA and Welsh, VK (2023) Symptom patterns and life with post-acute COVID-19 in children aged 8-17: a mixed methods studyprotocol. BJGP Open. ISSN 2398-3795

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BACKGROUND: While there is a substantial body of knowledge about acute COVID-19, less is known about long-COVID, where symptoms continue beyond four weeks. AIM: This study aims to describe longer-term effects of COVID-19 infection in children and young people (CYP) and identify their needs in relation to long-COVID. DESIGN & SETTING: This study comprises an observational prospective cohort study and a linked qualitative study, identifying participants aged 8-17 years in the West Midlands of England. METHOD: CYP will be invited to complete online questionnairesto monitor incidences and symptoms of Covid-19 over a 12-month period. CYP who have experienced long-term effects of COVID will be invited to interview, and those currently experiencing symptoms will be asked to document their experiences in a diary. Professionals who work with CYP will be invited to explore the impact of long-COVID on the wider experiences of CYP, in a focus group. Descriptive statistics will be used to describe the incidence and rates of resolution of symptoms, and comparisons made between exposed and non-exposed groups. Logistic regression models will be used to estimate associations between candidate predictors and the development of long-COVID, and linear regression will be used to estimate associations between candidate predictors. Qualitative data will be analysed thematically using the constant comparison method. CONCLUSION: This study will describe features and symptoms of long-COVID and explore the impact of long-COVID within the lives of CYP and their families, to provide better understanding of long-COVID and inform clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is Open Access: CC BY license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2023 15:12
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2023 15:12
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/11965

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