Observational research in childhood respiratory diseases: data from the ORChID birth cohort study
Minda Sarna - PhD Mid-Candidature Review milestone presentation
Associate Professor Stephen Lambert (Principal); Professor Keith Grimwood and Dr Robert Ware (Associate)
Acute respiratory infections are the most commonly experienced illnesses throughout life, but especially during the first two years of life. Available information on children is based on historic community-based studies of ARI, cohorts of hospitalised patients, Emergency Department or primary health care presentations, and more recently from birth cohort studies in children at high-risk of asthma. Community-based cohort studies to date have suffered from methodological limitations.
The Observational Research in Childhood Infectious Diseases (ORChID) study is a community-based birth cohort study of acute respiratory illness in children in the first two years of life. ORChID was designed to try and address some of the limitations of previous studies. Parents record their child’s symptoms daily and take weekly nose swabs, which are tested for a range of new and established respiratory viruses allowing correlation between clinical and laboratory results. The broad aims of this research are to describe the community-based epidemiology of new and established respiratory pathogens and estimate the monetary impact of community-managed viral respiratory illnesses in the first two years of life.
Minda Sarna is a second year PhD student in the field of Child Health and Epidemiology at the Centre for Children’s Health Research and the UQ School of Public Health. She completed a Masters in Applied Epidemiology from Australian National University, Canberra in 2002 and has spent several years working in government. Minda’s current research interest is in paediatric respiratory virus epidemiology and economics.