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Mapping Two Decades of Paediatric Down Syndrome Research Literature

McKenna, Caoimhe; Schilder, Anne; Lee, Rachel Xue Ning; Manikam, Logan; Venekamp, Roderick; Lakhanpaul, Monica; (2023) Mapping Two Decades of Paediatric Down Syndrome Research Literature. The Ulster Medical Journal , 92 (2) pp. 77-83. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: While research has led to significant advancements in the health and life expectancy of children with Down Syndrome (DS), there remains a significant burden of disease and health inequity. Further research, focused on areas of greatest need, is imperative to address this. An understanding of what research has been undertaken, and any existing gaps, helps to guide future academic efforts. METHODS: We utilised an epistemological approach to summarise two decades of paediatric DS literature. Publications were categorised according to the country of origin, methodology, primary health themes and subcategory research themes. RESULTS: Across 5,800 paediatric DS publications we demonstrate a general increase in the number of publications in this field between 2000 and 2014, with a trending decline thereafter. The majority of publications were affiliated with Institutions based in Western countries. The majority of studies utilised a cross-sectional methodology (33.3%), while relatively few were interventional (5.6%), qualitative (2.7%) or mixed-method studies (1.6%). Most publications focused on development & cognition (13.1%), neurology (9.9%) and oncology (9.8%), with fewer focusing on genitourinary health (0.9%), growth (0.9%), mortality (0.9%) and child protection (0.2%). CONCLUSION: These findings highlight areas of relative paucity within the paediatric DS literature which may warrant increased academic attention.

Type: Article
Title: Mapping Two Decades of Paediatric Down Syndrome Research Literature
Location: Northern Ireland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ums.ac.uk/092_2.html
Language: English
Additional information: UMJ is an open access publication of the Ulster Medical Society (http://www.ums.ac.uk). The Ulster Medical Society grants to all users on the basis of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence the right to alter or build upon the work non-commercially, as long as the author is credited and the new creation is licensed under identical terms.
Keywords: Humans, Child, Cross-Sectional Studies, Down Syndrome, Neurology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10176287
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