Neurocognitive impairment after neonatal sepsis: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.
INTRODUCTION: The effect of neonatal sepsis on the developing brain is not well documented. We aim to perform evidence synthesis to determine the outcome of neurodevelopmental impairment and intellectual disability among survivors of neonatal sepsis. The data gathered will inform on the long-term neurocognitive outcomes of neonates with sepsis and the measures used to document their developmental disability. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will perform a search based on the following parameters: neonates and infants less than 90 days old diagnosed with sepsis who had neurocognitive outcomes or measures of developmental disability reported. We will search PubMed, Cochrane Central, Embase and Web of Science for articles in English language published between January 2010 and December 2019. Clinical trials and observational studies will be included. Two independent reviewers will screen studies for eligibility. Data extraction will then be performed using a standardised form. The quality of evidence and risk of bias will be assessed using Cochrane Collaboration's tool and Risk of Bias in Non-randomised Studies of Intervention (ROBINS-I). The results will be synthesised qualitatively and pooled for meta-analysis. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: No formal ethical approval is required as there is no collection of primary data. This systematic review and meta-analysis will be disseminated through conference meetings and peer-reviewed publications. PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER: Registration submitted CRD42020164334.
Pek, JH; Yap, BJ; Gan, MY; Seethor, STT; Greenberg, R; Hornik, CPV; Tan, B; Lee, JH; Chong, S-L
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