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Perspectives on paediatric sleep disordered breathing in the UK: A qualitative study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katie Haighton, Emerita Professor Janet WilsonORCiD, Steven Powell



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© 2022 Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved. Background There is limited understanding of treatment pathways for paediatric sleep disordered breathing. We explore current UK pathways and what is important to well-being for parents/children. Methods In-depth qualitative interviews (n=22) with parents of children (2-9 years), with symptoms of sleep disordered breathing referred to a regional ENT clinic (n=11), General Practitioners who might refer these children to ENT (n=5), Hospital Doctors involved in treating these children (n=6). Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, anonymised, and analysed thematically. Results General Practitioners rarely identify seeing paediatric sleep disordered breathing; conversely Hospital Doctors identify unsuspected issues. Parents are worried their child will stop breathing. Routes to referral/diagnosis are not straightforward. Modern technology can aid investigation/diagnosis. Patient weight is an issue for General Practitioners and Hospital Doctors; adenotonsillectomy is the treatment of choice; information on paediatric sleep disordered breathing is needed. Conclusions Guidelines for the management of paediatric sleep disordered breathing are needed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Haighton C, Watson RM, Wilson JA, Powell S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Year: 2022

Volume: 136

Issue: 6

Pages: 520-526

Print publication date: 01/06/2022

Online publication date: 10/01/2022

Acceptance date: 09/07/2021

Date deposited: 10/06/2022

ISSN (print): 0022-2151

ISSN (electronic): 1748-5460

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0022215121004242

PubMed id: 35403581


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