National Paediatric Mortality Register

The National Paediatric Mortality Register (NPMR) collects and analyses data relating to infant and paediatric (<16yrs) mortality in Ireland. The ultimate aim of the NPMR is to provide a national registry of all paediatric deaths, which will allow us to generate high quality data and an evidence base to inform policy. A policy aimed at reducing the number of child deaths into the future.

Objectives Background

Benefits of NPMR

  • A national database which will provide accurate, validated and robust data to inform national policy.
  • Complete, standardised and timely data on mortality in the Irish paediatric population. The NPMR protocol identifies the causes of death and enables population trends to be tracked accurately in a timely manner
  • Indicators of national performance for comparison with international data.
  • Standardised data for validated comparisons between regions/age groups/causes.
  • Information identifying broader areas of concern requiring further attention and informing the agenda for further paediatriC audit and research.
  • Contribution to patient care improvement via clinical audit process. The NPMR will use quality measures that reflect the unique aspects of working with paediatric patients.
  • Information on autopsy rates, standards and quality relating to paediatric deaths.
  • Trends in accuracy and quality of cause of death registration details for paediatric deaths.
  • A resource for research studies of factors contributing to paediatric deaths.