Contributions to paediatric medicine

How do we measure the quality of life facing children with long-term or chronic health problems? Christine Eiser looks at the progress in this article, origanally given as the 1997 C.S. Myers Lecture.
IMPROVEMENTS in medical care mean that survival rates in children with a wide range of chronic conditions have improved significantly within the relatively recent past. It is now possible to treat children with chronic or life-threatening conditions in a way that was not possible even 20 years ago. The result is that survival among children with serious and life-threatening conditions is significantly improved.

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