- Clinical Reader (Child Health)
Our research interests have focused on factors that impact on the delivery of effective health care in children with respiratory illnesses, particularly asthma. One strand has used electronic monitoring to study compliance with inhaled medication and the factors influencing adherence. A second has studied the usefulness of educational interventions for families on respiratory disease management. We were the first group to establish that nurse-led home-management training could very substantially reduce subsequent hospitalisations in children with asthma. We have also been involved in the development of electronic UK national audits of health care delivery for childhood asthma, acute pneumonia and empyaema in children.
Working with Prof John Reilly (Human Nutrition), we have explored energy expenditure and activity in preschool children using objective techniques such as accelerometry to measure activity. These studies are ongoing with a current focus on approaches to quantify movements associated with postural changes and fidgeting.