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The EveryPrem Project: Evaluating the INTER-NDA for standardized neurodevelopmental screening at 2 years of age for all children born preterm.

<From study start until study follow-up regarding SAT scores> 

Was your (nearly) 2-year-old born preterm? 

We are a group of researchers, paediatricians and obstetricians based in the University of Oxford and we are running a study to evaluate a new, international neurodevelopmental assessment for ALL children born prematurely at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, at the time of their second birthday. 

The EveryPrem Project actively recruits potential participants through database screening for eligible participants. You will receive an invitation letter and a recruitment package if you meet the eligibility criteria for the study. After receiving the invitation to participate, you may register your interest to be further contacted about the study or otherwise, via a secure online link, email contact details or reply slip that will be included in the study’s recruitment package.

Why should ALL preterms undergo developmental screening? 

Children born preterm at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy, and those born with significant health conditions shortly after birth that are known to cause developmental delay, are tested for neurodevelopmental skills at the time of their second birthday by the neonatal team involved in their care at birth. This appointment often includes as assessment of the child’s cognition, motor and language skills. High rates of neurodevelopmental concerns have been reported among this group of children (reference EPICURE study).

Children born preterm at between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy and those without significant health conditions known to cause developmental delay are not routinely invited, by the neonatal team, for a developmental test at the time of their second birthday. Nevertheless, they too are at risk of developmental disturbances because of being born preterm14, 15 .

Early detection of neurodevelopmental disturbances, and early referral and intervention of children identified to have these disturbances, may result in better outcomes in the short-, medium- and long-term for both the child and the family.

Thank you for your, and your child’s, participation in the EveryPrem Project. We would like to know how your child performed in her/his year 2 SATs.

[Please enter your child’s SAT scores here]