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An opportunity to share your experiences of taking a sick or feverish child to an emergency department.
We are part of an international study to look at better care for febrile (feverish) illness. The project aims ultimately develop a new blood test to help us tell the difference between fevers from serious bacterial infections and other causes.
To help design the test we want to find out what you value most from a visit to the children’s emergency department. You will also have the chance to contribute to the development and best use of a future test. The details of the experiences that you share will contribute to the evidence for the benefits of such a test.
We want to involve people who have had to take a very sick / feverish child (their own or a child under their care) to children’s emergency department / paediatric A&E.
We also welcome those who are closely associated with someone who has to take a very sick child to children’s emergency department / paediatric A&E.
We will start with an introduction to the project and prior work. We will break into small groups and each will be run as a separate focus group under the guidance of a facilitator – this will be fore around one hour. The facilitators are social science researchers from Newcastle University and clinician researchers from Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals. You will be asked to provide some written input and the facilitators will capture a detailed record of what they hear.
The focus group will take place on Monday 21 January 10-12 at Newcastle University Business School.
Tea and coffee will be provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed.