A population-based national cohort study gathering data on outcomes using parental, patient and teacher questionnaires
To look at the patient, parent and teacher reported outcomes of children aged 7-9 years born with gastroschisis. The children's development, physical health, general well-being, academic attainment and special educational needs (SEN) will be assessed.
To identify the long-term outcomes for children born with gastroschisis and their families.
To find out whether any factors (e.g. mode of delivery, gestation, birthweight, type of anomaly, condition of infant at diagnosis, associated anomalies) are associated with a poor outcome (additional morbidity, developmental impairment, poor health-related quality of life or cosmetic outcome) for children born with gastroschisis?
To find out what life is like at older ages in children born with gastroschisis
Very little has been published to date on long-term outcomes of children born with gastroschisis. It is imperative that we look carefully and systematically at how children born with gastroschisis fare in the longer term in order to help clinicians to make informed choices about the types of treatments babies are given in the early part of their lives. The data from this study will also provide valuable information for parents of these children about what the future may hold, from the point of diagnosis, throughout their on-going follow-up.