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UNICORNS: Uveitis in childhood prospective national cohort study protocol [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]

UNICORNS: Uveitis in childhood prospective national cohort study protocol [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]

Kellett, Salomey, Rahi, Jugnoo S, Dick, Andrew D, Knowles, Rachel, Tadic, Valerija ORCID: 0000-0003-3982-0340 and Solebo, Ameenat Lola (2020) UNICORNS: Uveitis in childhood prospective national cohort study protocol [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. F1000Research, 9:1196. ISSN 2046-1402 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.26689.1)

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Abstract

Background: Childhood uveitis is a rare inflammatory eye disease which is typically chronic, relapsing-remitting in nature, with an uncertain aetiology (idiopathic). Visual loss occurs due to structural damage caused by uncontrolled inflammation. Understanding of the determinants of long term outcome is lacking, including the predictors of therapeutic response or how to define disease control.

Aims: To describe disease natural history and outcomes amongst a nationally representative group of children with non-infectious uveitis, describe the impact of disease course on quality of life for both child and family, and identify determinants of adverse visual, structural and developmental outcomes.

Methods: UNICORNS is a prospective longitudinal multicentre cohort study of children newly diagnosed with uveitis about whom a core minimum clinical dataset will be collected systematically. Participants and their families will also complete patient-reported outcome measures annually from recruitment. The association of patient (child- and treatment- dependent) characteristics with outcome will be investigated using logistic and ordinal regression models which incorporate adjustment for within-child correspondence between eyes for those with bilateral disease and repeated outcomes measurement.

Discussion: Through this population based, prospective longitudinal study of childhood uveitis, we will describe the characteristics of childhood onset disease. Early (1-2 years following diagnosis) outcomes will be described in the first instance, and through the creation of a national inception cohort, longer term studies will be enabled of outcome for affected children and families.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Uveitis, child, prospective cohort, vision, quality of life
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2021 14:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31038

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