• Medientyp: E-Book
  • Titel: Early comprehensive care of preterm infants - effects on quality of life, childhood development, and healthcare utilization: study protocol for a cohort study linking administrative healthcare data with patient reported primary data
  • Beteiligte: Schmitt, Jochen [Autor/In]; Arnold, Katrin [Autor/In]; Druschke, Diana [Autor/In]; Swart, Enno [Autor/In]; Grählert, Xina [Autor/In]; Maywald, Ulf [Autor/In]; Fuchs, Andreas [Autor/In]; Werblow, Andreas [Autor/In]; Schemken, Maryan [Autor/In]; Reichert, Jörg [Autor/In]; Rüdiger, Mario [Autor/In]
  • Erschienen: London : BioMed Central, 2016
  • Umfang: 1 Online-Ressource
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • RVK-Notation: XA 10000 : Medizinische Zeitschriften
  • Beschreibung: Background
    About 9 % of all children in Germany are born preterm. Despite significant improvements of medical care, preterm infants are at a greater risk to develop short and long term health complications. Negative consequences of preterm birth include neurodevelopmental disabilities, behavioral problems or learning disorders. Most data on effects of prematurity are derived from single or multi-center studies and not population-based.
    Since some of the long term problems of preterm delivery are associated with a disturbed parent-child interaction originating in the neonatal period, several intervention programs became available aiming to strengthen the early parent-child relationship. However, there is insufficient knowledge regarding the psychosocial and socioeconomic impact of these interventions. Prior to introducing them into routine care, those effects have to be rigorously evaluated.
    The population-based cohort study EcoCare-PIn (Early comprehensive Care of Preterm Infants—effects on quality of life, childhood development, and healthcare utilization) will investigate the following primary research questions:
    1) What are the short- and long-term consequences of preterm birth with regard to parental stress, parent-child relationship, childhood development, quality of life and healthcare utilization including costs?
    2) Does early family-centered psychosocial care prevent the hypothesized negative consequences of preterm birth on the above mentioned outcomes?

    Methods/Design
    EcoCare-PIn examines the research questions by means of a linkage of a) pseudonymized administrative individual-level claims data from the German statutory health insurance AOK PLUS on approximately 140,000 children born between 2007 and 2013 in Saxony, and b) primary data collected from the parents/caregivers of all very low birth weight (<1,500 g; n = 1,000) and low birth weight infants (1,500 to 2,500 g; n = 5,500) and a matched sample of infants above 2,500 g birth weight (n = 10,000).

    Discussion
    In Saxony, approximately 50 % of all individuals are insured at the AOK PLUS. The linkage of patient-level administrative and primary data is a novel approach in neonatal research and probably the only way to overcome shortcomings of studies solely relying on one data source. The study results are based on an observation period of up to 8 years and will directly inform perinatal healthcare provision in Saxony and Germany as a whole.