Intrathecal baclofen therapy in paediatrics : A study protocol for an Australian multicentre, 10-year prospective audit
Stewart, Kirsty, Hutana, Gavin and Kentish, Megan. (2017). Intrathecal baclofen therapy in paediatrics : A study protocol for an Australian multicentre, 10-year prospective audit. BMJ Open. 7(6), p. Article e015863. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015863
|Authors||Stewart, Kirsty, Hutana, Gavin and Kentish, Megan|
Introduction Increasing clinical use of Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) in Australian tertiary paediatric hospitals, along with the need for standardised assessment and reporting of adverse events, saw the formation of the Australian Paediatric ITB Research Group (APIRG). APIRG developed a National ITB Audit tool designed to capture clinical outcomes and adverse events data for all Australian children and adolescents receiving ITB therapy.
Methods and analysis The Australian ITB Audit is a 10 year, longitudinal, prospective, clinical audit collecting all adverse events and assessment data across body functions and structure, participation and activity level domains of the ICF. Data will be collected at baseline, 6 and 12 months with ongoing capture of all adverse event data. This is the first Australian study that aims to capture clinical and adverse event data from a complete population of children with neurological impairment receiving a specific intervention between 2011 and 2021. This multi-centre study will inform ITB clinical practice in children and adolescents, direct patient selection, record and aid decision making regarding adverse events and investigate the impact of ITB therapy on family and patient quality of life.
Ethics and dissemination This project was approved by the individual Human Research Ethics committees at the six Australian tertiary hospitals involved in the study. Results will be published in various peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.
Trial registration number ACTRN 12610000323022; Pre-results.
|Journal citation||7 (6), p. Article e015863|
|Publisher||BMJ Publishing Group|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015863|
|Open access||Published as ‘gold’ (paid) open access|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||21 Jun 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||30 Mar 2017|
|Deposited||07 Sep 2021|
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