One of the key aims of the DEPICT Study is to understand how existing differences in care provided by transport teams affect experiences for transported sick children and their families. We will do this by collecting feedback from parents of sick children as well as, where possible, children and young people themselves.
Parents of children transported to 24 Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) in England and Wales during 2018 are being invited to take part in the DEPICT study. We will collect feedback by means of questionnaires as well as interviews. We would like as many parents as possible to participate.
If you have been asked to take part, we would encourage you to do so. The more feedback we receive about the experiences of children and families who have used the transport services, the more accurately we can understand what it is like to use these services, and what changes, if any, are needed.
We are inviting all parents whose child was transported to PICUs in England and Wales in 2018 to complete the DEPICT study questionnaire. The questionnaire asks parents about their experience of the transport.
We recognise that we cannot capture all the detail of any experience in a questionnaire, so we hope to interview a small number of parents/guardians to hear about their experience in their own words.
We want to hear from children (over the age of 5 years) and young people (under 16 years) who were transported to PICU in 2018 and who remember at least some of their transport experience.
We want to find out how children transported to a PICU in 2018 are doing one year later by asking parents who completed the first (transport) questionnaire to complete a second (follow up) questionnaire.