Jenny A Roberts

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A recent large-scale study identified a subgroup of children with autism who had a language profile similar to that found among children with specific language impairment (SLI), including difficulties with nonsense word repetition, an ability that has been implicated as one clinical marker for SLI. A second clinical marker for English-speaking children with(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the evidence for the effectiveness of isolation measures in reducing the incidence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonisation and infection in hospital inpatients. DESIGN Systematic review of published articles. DATA SOURCES Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, System for Information on Grey Literature(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the evidence for the effectiveness of different isolation policies and screening practices in reducing the incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonisation and infection in hospital in-patients. To develop transmission models to study the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of isolation policies in(More)
The extraparasitic life cycle of Toxocara vitulorum of buffalo in the villages of Sri Lanka is related to observations on buffalo behaviour, experimental studies on the development and persistence of the eggs in soil and in wallows and the presence of eggs in village locations. Calf faeces on soil were rapidly incorporated by insect activity and the eggs(More)
The Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, set up in 1989 by the Department of Health in response to national epidemics of foodborne infection, considered the available evidence and commissioned a study of infectious intestinal disease (IID) in England. Seventy practices (with 489,500) patients overall) recruited from the Medical Research(More)
BACKGROUND Influenza vaccination policy for elderly people in Britain has changed twice since 1997 to increase protection against influenza but there is no information available on how this has affected vaccine uptake, and socioeconomic variation therein, among people aged over 74 years. METHODS Vaccination information for 1997-2000 was collected directly(More)
The quality of research in hospital epidemiology (infection control) must be improved to be robust enough to influence policy and practice. In order to raise the standards of research and publication, a CONSORT equivalent for these largely quasi-experimental studies has been prepared by the authors of two relevant systematic reviews, following consultation(More)
Between April 1994 and May 1995 4000 adult patients admitted to selected specialties of a district general hospital were recruited to this study. Hospital-acquired infections presenting during the in-patient stay were identified using previously validated methods of surveillance, and information on daily resource use by both infected and uninfected patients(More)
To assess the socio-economic impact of infectious intestinal disease (IID) on the health care sector, cases and their families, cases of IID ascertained from a population cohort component and those presenting to general practices were sent a socio-economic questionnaire 3 weeks after the acute episode. The impact of the illness was measured and the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the impact of the Cleanyourhands campaign on rates of hospital procurement of alcohol hand rub and soap, report trends in selected healthcare associated infections, and investigate the association between infections and procurement. DESIGN Prospective, ecological, interrupted time series study from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2008. (More)