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How do patterns of routine vaccination coverage amongst children and young people (aged < 16 years of age) accessing secondary and tertiary medical care differ from the general paediatric population?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In England in 2017-18, routine childhood vaccination coverage declined, meaning the UK now lags behind European neighbours. Hospital attendance is an opportunity to check vaccination status and refer for catch-up if needed, yet little work is done in this area. Whilst there are some well-established under-vaccinated sub-groups (e.g. children in care), coverage amongst hospital attendees has yet to be quantified. Those accessing hospitals have poorer health than their peers, so their vaccination levels may be lower.

Research question
How do patterns of routine vaccination coverage amongst children and young people (CYP, aged < 16 years of age) accessing secondary and tertiary medical care differ from the general paediatric population?

Methods

Retrospective data collection will take place for approximately 15-20,000 children in total, producing an estimate of immunisation coverage amongst populations and sub-populations attending secondary and tertiary medical care (hospitals) in the North West of England. Data will be further used to model the spatial structure of national (sub-group) vaccination coverage and simulate the impact of various hospital-based vaccination strategies on the distribution of the non-vaccinated CYP in the general population.

Impact and expected outputs

This work is intended to identify higher-risk sub-populations who could be targeted in hospitals for catch-up vaccination programmes, perhaps resulting in a change in policy in this area. It is also expected to result in three publications in peer-reviewed journals and a number of presentations at national/international paediatrics/public health conferences.

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Applications are made by completing an application for PhD Statistics and Epidemiology October 2019 through our online application system. Closing date: midnight 15th March 2019

Funding Notes

Awards are available for UK or EU students only for a maximum of three years full-time study. Awards will cover University Tuition Fees and stipend at Research Council Doctoral Stipend Level (2018-2019: £14,777).

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