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Antibody testing on children: What's acceptable?


Antibody testing on children: What's acceptable?

  • 03/07/2020
  • Health & Social Care Research, Blood & Immune System, Carers, Children & young people, Infectious diseases
  • Philippa Pristera

Between 18-21 June 2020, an engagement and research team at Imperial College London carried out an online public involvement survey to capture the views of parents, carers and young people across England and received 4,290 responses.

The opportunity was shared with VOICE members and further promoted via email and social media. The questions aimed to gather the reasons why people would or would not want to test their child (or themselves for young people) for antibodies, whether they would do the test for research purposes only, their preferences on the testing approach (including where the test should be carried out and by who) and how the instructions and material could be made more suitable.

For those of you that took part, and for everyone else who may be interested, here's an infographic summary of what we found:

After the survey closed, we shared a high-level summary of the responses with MHRA (the Government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). This aimed to demonstrate the overall support for antibody testing on children, even for research purposes, and overall preferences that should be considered if testing goes ahead.

The final Insight Report and supporting Infographic and Executive summaries were also shared with those at DHSC, Ipsos MORI and Imperial College London who are involved in ongoing planning and management of the antibody testing programme.

To read the full report and find out more about this work, please visit Imperial's Patient Experience Research Centre website.




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