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Brief interventions for parents of children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties: an evidence synthesis with stakeholder engagement


   School of Nursing and Midwifery

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Project Overview: This project will involve a systematic review, meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis to assess the effect of brief interventions for parents of children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and whether they are value for money. Stakeholder engagement will be used to inform each stage of the review process. 

Background: At present, there is a need for a comprehensive evidence synthesis of brief interventions for parents of children with SEBD.  

Aim: The aim is to inform policy makers and providers of parenting support services of the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of brief interventions for parents of children with SEBD.  

Objectives: Project objectives are to (i) conduct a systematic review and network meta-analysis (MA), (ii) conduct a review of economic evidence, and (iii) design a decision analytic model to estimate the cost-effectiveness.  

The evidence synthesis will enable a range of interventions and comparator groups to be synthesised in a clear and logical manner for direct and indirect treatment comparisons. Outcomes of interest will be parent-related (parenting efficacy, parenting stress, quality of life, anxiety and depression) and child-related (behavioural difficulties, social skills, quality of life, anxiety). Moderation of effects for different subgroups of parent/child dyads will be assessed.   

Results from the NMA will be used to inform the cost-effectiveness analysis with the development of a decision analytic model. The model will be used to identify which intervention in the network maximises the net benefit by calculating cost-effectiveness acceptability curves for each intervention and comparison.


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