Towards a more positive view of healthcare in Ireland

Towards a more positive view of healthcare in Ireland Ireland has a population of just over one million children, the highest birth rate in the European Union, significant income inequalities and an increasing non-national population. Our under five mortality figures have shown a steady decline to 3.6 per 1000 and are amongst the best in the world. Examples of high-quality healthcare results include neonatal intensive care outcomes, paediatric cancer survival rates, surgical outcomes in congenital heart disease, improved survival in cystic fibrosis and renal transplantation results. Positivity alone is not enough and I propose a 10-point plan for future healthcare for children and young people. We should first and foremost aim for health not care and prevention plays a key role. Parents and families should play an active role in decisions around their children’s health and should be aware of results of treatment. Care should be delivered as close to home as possible and we should strengthen both primary and community care and provide additional support to general practitioners to manage childhood illness closer to home. We need to plan for new morbidities such as type 1 diabetes, obesity, mental health issues and inflammatory bowel disease. General paediatrics is a key enabler of better healthcare for children. We http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -) Springer Journals

Towards a more positive view of healthcare in Ireland

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Internal Medicine; General Practice / Family Medicine
ISSN
0021-1265
eISSN
1863-4362
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11845-018-1830-1
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Abstract

Ireland has a population of just over one million children, the highest birth rate in the European Union, significant income inequalities and an increasing non-national population. Our under five mortality figures have shown a steady decline to 3.6 per 1000 and are amongst the best in the world. Examples of high-quality healthcare results include neonatal intensive care outcomes, paediatric cancer survival rates, surgical outcomes in congenital heart disease, improved survival in cystic fibrosis and renal transplantation results. Positivity alone is not enough and I propose a 10-point plan for future healthcare for children and young people. We should first and foremost aim for health not care and prevention plays a key role. Parents and families should play an active role in decisions around their children’s health and should be aware of results of treatment. Care should be delivered as close to home as possible and we should strengthen both primary and community care and provide additional support to general practitioners to manage childhood illness closer to home. We need to plan for new morbidities such as type 1 diabetes, obesity, mental health issues and inflammatory bowel disease. General paediatrics is a key enabler of better healthcare for children. We

Journal

Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -)Springer Journals

Published: May 31, 2018

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