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NIHR Signal: Self-care support for children with long-term conditions may reduce emergency costs

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Published on 27 March 2018

Helping children and parents to manage long-term conditions like asthma may reduce their need for emergency care, and is unlikely to reduce children’s quality of life.

This NIHR review found that structured professional help with self-care, including online support, provision of care plans, case management and face-to-face education, was linked to small increases in quality of life scores and fewer emergency department visits. However, there was no clear evidence that supported self-care reduced hospital admissions or overall costs.

Most of the 97 studies reviewed included children with asthma (66 studies) or mental health conditions (18 studies). Not all were high-quality studies, and the review covered very different interventions, which makes it hard to compare approaches.

The findings suggest there is little chance of self-care support causing harm to children with long-term conditions, although that could not be definitively ruled out. However, there is also little evidence that supported self-care can make a substantial difference to healthcare costs.

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A systematic evidence synthesis of interventions to engage children and young people in consultations about their long-term conditions


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Background: Children and young people with long-term conditions are not always provided with opportunities to engage fully in consultations. This systematic review examined the effectiveness or worth of methods used to engage children and young people with long-term conditions in their consultations. Conclusions: This review has demonstrated that interventions targeted at children and young people with long-term conditions can improve their levels of engagement in consultations. There is a need for more systematic development and robust evaluation of interventions to improve children’s active participation in consultations.

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