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Welcome to the ECHILD project website

ECHILD stands for Education and Child Health Insights from Linked Data. 

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The ECHILD project is a research study run by University College London that joins together existing health, education and social care information for all children in England for the first time.

We are using this linked data to better understand how education affects children’s health, and how health affects children’s education.
 
To start, we will use the data to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown affected children who need extra support. We will also look at the quality of the linked data to find out its strengths and limitations for research.

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ECHILD project publishes new guide to the ECHILD Database

29 November 2021

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A new resource for researchers interested in the ECHILD Database has been published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. The ECHILD Data Resource Profile explains what information the database contains and discusses its key strengths and limitations for research that explores how children’s health affects their education, and how their education affects their long-term health.

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Recently published research from ECHILD team members shows that young people are more likely to be admitted to hospital for stress-related reasons during term time than the holidays

23 November 2021

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Researchers analysed de-identified hospital data for England and found that 1 in 13 girls (8%) and 1 in 25 boys (4%) were admitted to hospital for stress-related reasons.  

Rates of stress-related hospital admissions, including mental health problems, were greater during school terms than the holidays which suggests that the school environment may be a contributing factor. Rates were particularly high for girls aged 14- and 15-years-old. 

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You can read more about this work in a recently published, free-to-read article in BJPsych Open here


New related publication from the ECHILD team members - Demonstrating how the linkage of historic trials to administrative data can address high participant drop-out over time

15 November 2021

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Other recently published research from the ECHILD team members shows that School exam results were the same for children regardless of having had standard or modified formula as a baby. 

This study sets a precedent for other trials and cohorts to use linkage of historic trials to administrative data to address high participant drop-out over time and answer important questions about long term outcomes in children and young people.  

The "Effect of nutritionally modified infant formula on academic performance: linkage of seven dormant randomised controlled trials to national education data" paper has been published in BMJ, with the paper available here.

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