Serious illness and injury affects approximately 30% of all children. Healthcare has evolved and advancements in many treatments mean children with serious illness and injury remain at home while they are symptomatic, receiving outpatient care or are recovering, rather than hospital. More than 50% are routinely missing school due to illness symptoms or medical appointments.
What does this study aim to achieve?
The Missing School Study is a collaboration between researchers at the Behavioral Sciences Unit and Missing School. Children with chronic illness or serious injury can be in hospital for long periods of time and miss a lot of time at school. Missing School have a telepresence robot program that allows sick kids to stay connected to their school while in hospital. The Missing School Study is evaluating these telepresence robots, to see what is working well with the telepresence robots.