Association between childhood allergic diseases, educational attainment and occupational status in later life: systematic review protocol.


von Kobyletzki, LB; Beckman, L; Smeeth, L; McKee, M; Quint, JK; Abuabara, K; Langan, S; (2017) Association between childhood allergic diseases, educational attainment and occupational status in later life: systematic review protocol. BMJ open, 7 (10). e017245. ISSN 2044-6055 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017245

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Abstract

Childhood allergic diseases may prevent affected children from achieving their academic potential. Potential mechanisms include absence from school due to illness and medical appointments. Experience of symptoms in classes or leisure time, and stigma associated with visible signs and symptoms, including skin disease, requirements for medication during school time or the need for specific diets, may also contribute to reduced educational attainment. Studies have investigated the association between specific allergic diseases and educational attainment. The aim of this study is to systematically review the literature on allergic diseases, educational attainment and occupational status, and if possible, calculate meta-analytic summary estimates for the associations. Systematic electronic searches in Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane, Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PsycINFO and education Resources Information Center (ERIC); hand search in reference lists of included papers and conference reports; search for unpublished studies in clinical trial registers and the New York Academy of Medicine Grey Literature Report; data extraction; and study quality assessment (Newcastle-Ottawa Scale) will be performed. Data will be summarised descriptively, and meta-analysis including meta-regression to explore sources of heterogeneities will be performed if possible. Dissemination in a peer-reviewed, open-access, international scientific journal is planned. CRD42017058036.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: EHR Research Group
PubMed ID: 29025838
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4540116

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