Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (J Paediatr Child Health)

Publisher: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Wiley

Journal description

Official Journal of the Division of Paediatrics (The Royal Australasian College of Physicians)In association with The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, The Paediatric Research Society of Australia and the Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons. The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health draws together both the formal aspects of paediatric medicine and surgery and the broader fields of child health, covering general paediatrics, perinatal medicine, paediatric surgery and community paediatrics. Original research articles, clinical studies and case reports are published as well as invited annotations on current topics, review articles, editorial comments, policy statements on child care and a comprehensive book review section.

Current impact factor: 1.15

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.151
2013 Impact Factor 1.193
2012 Impact Factor 1.254
2011 Impact Factor 1.281
2010 Impact Factor 1.221
2009 Impact Factor 1.138
2008 Impact Factor 1.124
2007 Impact Factor 0.896
2006 Impact Factor 0.931
2005 Impact Factor 1.007
2004 Impact Factor 0.893
2003 Impact Factor 0.879
2002 Impact Factor 0.774
2001 Impact Factor 0.894
2000 Impact Factor 0.698
1999 Impact Factor 0.455
1998 Impact Factor 0.359
1997 Impact Factor 0.398

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.31
Cited half-life 7.90
Immediacy index 0.30
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.46
Website Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health website
Other titles Journal of paediatrics and child health (Online), Journal of pediatrics and child health, Paediatrics and child health
ISSN 1440-1754
OCLC 44974418
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 12/2015; 25(12):580- 586.
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: The aim of this study was to compare hospital admissions from infancy to adulthood, between children born with orofacial clefts (OFC) and those without OFC. Methods: The method used was a cohort study using record-linked administrative datasets. Participants included all children liveborn in Western Australia (WA) between 1980 and 2010 diagnosed with OFC, who were frequency matched by year of birth to randomly selected liveborn children without OFC. We calculated rate ratios (RR) of hospital admission, number and reason of admissions, cumulative length of stay, for each cleft type (cleft lip only (CLO), cleft lip and palate (CL+P), cleft palate only (CPO), no OFC) and by age period (infancy, pre-school, primary and high school ages, and early adulthood). Results: Overall, 1396 children were diagnosed with an OFC and compared with 6566 children without OFC. Individuals born with OFC were up to three times more likely to be admitted to hospital, had more admissions and longer cumulative length of stay in all age periods. Children with OFC were also more likely to be admitted for ear and digestive system conditions (RR up to 30 and six times higher, respectively). Children with CL+P and CPO were more likely to be admitted for respiratory conditions (RR 1.3-2.0) and children with CPO were six times more likely to be admitted for care for other congenital anomalies. Conclusions: Throughout childhood, individuals born with OFC were more likely to be admitted, and had more hospitalisations than those without OFC. Children born with CL+P or CPO had a higher hospitalisation burden than children born with CLO.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.13024
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reviews the literature on the impact of social media on the health of children and young people. Relevant papers were identified from Medline, Embase and PsycINFO databases. The studies identified that the health impact of social media on children and young people was greatest on mental health and specifically in the areas of self-esteem and well-being, with related issues around cyberbullying and 'Facebook Depression', with an association between the use of social media and self-esteem and body image. However, it is difficult to determine the cause and effect, which is likely to be related to the nature of the young person. There is little work on the impact of social media on younger children. More research is needed to identify those most at risk of harm from social media and risk mitigation strategies to assist health-care professionals to provide essential education for parents and young people.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.13023
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: The aim of this paper was to study the prevalence of a regular source of primary care for Victorian children attending one of four emergency departments (EDs) and to determine associated characteristics, including ED use. Methods: Responses were collected via an electronic survey from parents attending EDs with their child (≤9 years of age) for a lower-urgency condition. Single, multiple choice, and Likert scale responses were analysed using bivariate and logistic regression tests. Results: Of the 1146 parents who provided responses, 80% stated their child has a regular source of primary care. Of these, care is mostly received by a general practitioner (GP) (95%) in GP group practices (71%). Approximately 20% have changed where their child receives primary care in the last year. No associations were observed between having a regular source of primary care and frequency of ED attendance in the past 12 months, although parents whose child did not have a regular source of primary care were more likely to view the ED as a more convenient place to receive care than the primary care provider (39% without regular source vs. 18% with regular source; P < 0.0001). Children were less likely to have a regular source of primary care if their parents were younger, had a lower household income, lower education, and were visiting a hospital in a lower socio-economic indexes for areas rank. Conclusions: Policy options to improve continuity of care for children may require investigation. Increasing the prevalence of regular source of primary care for children may in turn reduce ED visits.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.13027
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the patterns of therapy service use for a sample of children and adolescents with cerebral palsy over a 1 year period and to identify factors associated with frequency of therapy and parental satisfaction with therapy frequency. Methods: Parents of 83 children completed a survey on their child's use of occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language pathology services over the previous year. Participants were randomly selected from a sample stratified by age and Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level. Results: During the year prior to survey completion, 83% of children had received occupational therapy, 88% had received physiotherapy and 60% had received speech and language pathology services. Frequency of therapy was higher for younger children (P < 0.01), those classified at GMFCS levels IV-V (P < 0.05) and those attending schools specifically for children with disabilities. Conclusions: Current structures for therapy service delivery for children with cerebral palsy are systems-based, and age-based funding systems and the organisation of services around the education system are preventing the delivery of needs-based therapy. Paediatricians that care for children and young people with cerebral palsy need to pay particular attention to those that may miss out on therapy due to age or school type, and support these families in accessing appropriate therapy.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.13021
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    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 11/2015; 51(11):1143-4. DOI:10.1111/jpc.13012
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: Melatonin has been proposed as a premedication alternative to midazolam, preceding anaesthesia induction. However, to our knowledge, data concerning interaction between melatonin and intravenous anaesthetic drugs in children are not available. The aim of this prospective, randomized, double-blind pilot study was to investigate the possible effect of melatonin premedication, in comparison to midazolam, on the required infusion of propofol in children undergoing surgery. As a secondary outcome, the effect of oral melatonin on the preoperative sedation level and on the post anaesthesia recovery score was evaluated. Methods: Children between the age of 5 and 14 years, scheduled for elective surgery, were prospectively enrolled between January 2012 and December 2013, and randomly assigned to two groups based on whether they received oral melatonin (0.5 mg/kg) or oral midazolam (0.5 mg/kg) premedication before induction of anaesthesia with propofol. Degree of sedation before and after anaesthesia was also evaluated. Results: Ninety-two patients were studied, 46 for each group. We found that oral administration of melatonin significantly reduced doses of propofol required for induction of anaesthesia in paediatric patients, more than midazolam (P < 0.001). No statistically significant differences were found in the pre- and post-anaesthesia sedation score (P = 0.387 and P = 0.525, respectively) between the two groups. Conclusions: The present study demonstrates that melatonin enhances the potency of propofol also in paediatric patients. Moreover, considering the paediatric level of sedation, melatonin was equally as effective as midazolam. These data support the use of melatonin as a premedicant in paediatric surgical patients.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.13007
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: In view of recent studies questioning the usefulness of peritoneal drainage (PD) in premature neonates with pneumoperitoneum, suggesting approximately 75% of those treated with PD needed delayed laparotomy, we reviewed the requirement for laparotomy after initial PD at our institution. Methods: Retrospective cohort of all premature infants with a diagnosis of intestinal perforation (ICD Code P78.0) from 1995 to 2012. Inclusion criteria were pneumoperitoneum on x-ray (isolated perforation or necrotising enterocolitis), birthweight <1800 g and gestational age <33 weeks. Results: Fifty patients met the criteria (38 PD, 12 primary laparotomy). Thirty-two per cent (95% CI 18-49%) received secondary laparotomy after initial PD. There was no significant difference when stratified according to isolated perforation (24%) versus necrotising enterocolitis (56%, P = 0.11). There was no significant difference between PD and primary laparotomy for time to full enteral nutrition, hazard ratio (HR) 0.99 (95% CI 0.48-2.04) or mortality, HR 2.15 (95% CI 0.48-9.63). The HR for mortality was partly confounded by birthweight, birthweight-adjusted HR 1.52 (95% CI 0.32-7.23). Conclusions: Thirty-two per cent of neonates treated with primary PD received secondary laparotomy, with no significant difference in key outcomes. Primary PD still appears to be of benefit for those without features of necrotising enterocolitis.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.13013
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Early childhood psychosocial experiences determine future health and health-care use. Identifying psychosocial predictors in cystic fibrosis may inform intervention strategies that can reduce health-care utilization. Design: The study was designed as a prospective cohort study. Setting: The study was set in the only cystic fibrosis clinic in Western Australia. Patients: The patients were children up to 6 years diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in Western Australia between 2005 and 2011. Main outcome measures: Psychosocial data collected for each year of life were compared with Australian population data and analysed as predictors of annual hospital, emergency and outpatient visits. Results: Compared with the Australian population, cystic fibrosis families demonstrated lower socio-economic status and labour supply (P < 0.001), increased residential mobility (P < 0.001) and trends towards increased rates of parental separation (P = 0.066). Marital discord and maternal and child psychological stress significantly predicted increased hospital admissions, emergency and outpatient visits. Conclusions: Social gradients may exist for families of young children with cystic fibrosis in Western Australia with potential implications for child health. Family psychological and relationship stress predicted increased child cystic fibrosis-related health-care use.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.13011
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: The aims of this study were to assess the attitudes of Slovene paediatricians to aspects of end-of-life (EOL) care and compare these attitudes between paediatric intensivists, paediatric specialists and paediatric residents. Methods: We performed a cross-sectional survey, using a specifically designed 43-item anonymous questionnaire. Results: We included 323 out of 586 Slovene paediatricians and residents, while 46.7% (151 of 323) of them responded to our questionnaire. More than half of intensivists (54.2%) had sought counsel from the Committee for Medical Ethics in the past as compared with 12.0% and 12.1% of specialists and residents, respectively (P < 0.001). The decision to limit life-sustaining treatment (LST) was found to be ethically acceptable in all groups of respondents. The highest level of agreement was found in residents (90.2%), followed by 83.3% among intensivists and 73.8% among specialists (P = not statistically significant (NS)). Disagreement with termination of hydration was highest among residents (85%) and intensivists (79.2%) while it was lower among specialists (66.7%) (P = NS). Patient's best interest, good clinical practice and patient's autonomous decision were graded as the top three aspects of the EOL care, while cost effectiveness and availability of patient's bed in intensive care were the least important. Conclusions: The decision to limit LST measures was found to be ethically acceptable for Slovene paediatricians. No major differences were found among paediatric intensivists, specialist paediatricians and paediatric residents in the attitudes towards the EOL care.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.13006
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    ABSTRACT: AimSpinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1 is a relatively common, untreatable and invariably fatal neuromuscular disorder of early childhood. Psychosocial care is vital in management of families affected by this disease. There are few studies examining the impact of having a family member with a neuromuscular disorder, and none describing parents' experiences of having a child with SMA type 1. This study explored parents' perspectives of having a child with SMA type 1, from diagnosis to bereavement, in order to inform clinical practice by identifying aspects most meaningful to parents and to aid development of support strategies.Methods This qualitative study undertook thematic analysis of 11 in-depth interviews with 13 bereaved parents of children with SMA type 1.ResultsWhile individuals' experiences were unique, common themes emerging from the data include: experiencing shock and anticipatory grief, processing feelings of responsibility and helplessness, experiencing multiple losses including the loss of future reproductive freedom, feeling supported, regaining a sense of control by making decisions about the child's life and death, and finding peace in the dying process.Conclusion These findings highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the care of such families, including psychosocial support beginning from the time of diagnosis and continuing to bereavement. We suggest areas for further exploration, with a goal to develop family-centred and evidence-based psychosocial care guidelines to complement the current Standards of Care for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.12993
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: To describe the development of the Optimising Health and Learning Program, guided by the only available published framework for the delivery of health services to newly arrived refugee children and report on the evaluation of the programme. Methods: We conducted process and impact evaluation using a mixed methods approach. The sample was 294 refugee young people enrolled in two Intensive English Centres in New South Wales. We collected quantitative data (demographic and clinical information) as well as qualitative data via focus groups, key informant interviews, surveys and programme documentation. Qualitative data were subjected to thematic analysis; programme documents underwent document review. Results: There were high levels of programme participation (90%), and the yield from routine health screening was high (80% of participants screened positive for two or more health conditions). All identified programme development strategies were implemented; programme partners and participants reported satisfaction with the programme. Sixteen programme partners were identified with a high level of intersectoral collaboration reported. Significant in-kind contributions and seed funding enabled the uptake of the programme to increase from one to five Intensive English Centres over a 4-year period. Conclusion: Process and impact evaluation identified that the programme was well implemented and met its stated objectives of increasing the detection of health conditions likely to impact on student health and learning; linkage of newly arrived students and their families with primary health care; and coordination of care across primary health and specialist services.
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1111/jpc.12989
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    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 09/2015; 51(9):942-3. DOI:10.1111/jpc.12996
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic snoring (≥4 nights per week) is not benign. Otherwise healthy children with chronic snoring and evidence of adenotonsillar hypertrophy can be referred directly for adenotonsillectomy. Snoring children <30 months or with significant medical comorbidities should be referred for specialist sleep evaluation. Older children with intermittent snoring or without significant medical comorbidities can be managed with a combination of medical and surgical interventions listed herein. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2015 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).
    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 09/2015; 51(9):847-51. DOI:10.1111/jpc.12976
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    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 09/2015; 51(9):933-4. DOI:10.1111/jpc.12982

  • Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 09/2015; 51(9):935. DOI:10.1111/jpc.12584
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    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 09/2015; 51(9). DOI:10.1111/jpc.12759
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    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 09/2015; 51(9). DOI:10.1111/jpc.12987