Why are acute admissions to hospital of children under 5 years of age increasing in the UK?

Sarah Neill, Damian Roland, Matthew Thompson, Alison Tavare, Monica Lakhanpaul

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Abstract

Children’s use of hospital services in the UK has been increasing rapidly since the late 1990s. Findings from the latest QualityWatch report show significant increases in emergency hospital admissions for infants (23%) and young children aged 1-4 years (11%) between 2006/7 and 2015/16 (data has been adjusted for population increases in each childhood age group), whilst children over the age of 15 years showed a decrease in emergency admissions. This paper discusses some of the theories and research which provide some insight into the increase in hospital admissions for infants and children under 5 years of age in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)917-919
Number of pages3
JournalArchive of Disease in Childhood
Volume103
Issue number10
Early online date23 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • General paediatrics
  • paediatric practice
  • patient perspective
  • hospital admissions
  • hospital admission rates
  • children under 5 years of age

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