PhD defence C.D. (Chantal) Tan

Paediatric Emergency Medicine: Routine care and practice variation in febrile children across Europe
Prof.dr. H.A. Moll
Dr. C.L. Vermont
Tuesday 5 Mar 2024, 13:00 - 14:30
PhD defence
Professor Andries Querido room
Education Center
Erasmus MC
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On Tuesday 5 March 2024, C.D. Tan will defend the doctoral thesis titled: ‘Paediatric Emergency Medicine: Routine care and practice variation in febrile children across Europe‘.

Brief summary of the doctoral thesis:

Children form a substantial part of patients attending the Emergency Department (ED). These children present with a broad spectrum of conditions and symptoms. Fever is one of the most common presenting symptoms, accounting for 20% of all paediatric visits to the ED. There are multiple challenges along the journey of these febrile children attending the ED, from parents’ decision to seek medical help to diagnostics and management at the ED. Therefore, we focused on several aspects of the pathway of febrile children attending the ED. 

In this thesis, we aimed to study areas to improve processes and clinical care at the ED for febrile children in Europe. We used the MOFICHE study (Management and outcome of fever in children in Europe) with observational data on 38,480 febrile children attending twelve EDs in eight European countries. This international multicenter study enabled us to study patient characteristics and management performed, and describe practice variation in febrile children across Europe. Furthermore, we performed a qualitative COVID-19 study on parents’ perspectives with a sick or injured child during the COVID-19 pandemic in five European countries. Parental experiences were used to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parental help-seeking behaviour and care for a sick or injured child during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The public defence will begin exactly at 13.00 hrs. The doors will be closed once the public defence starts, latecomers can access the hall via the fourth floor. Due to the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.

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