Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institute of Mental Health (U19MH98718)
Received: 28 October 2019
Accepted: 27 November 2019
First Online: 9 December 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study ethical approval will be sort from Tilburg University’s and Kenyatta National Hospital/University of Nairobi’s Institutional Review Boards. The caregivers will give a written informed consent, while the children will give a written assent to participate in the study. The consent and assent will recognize the respondent’s right to volunteer, as well as, drop out of the study if need be without any repercussions. Confidentiality will also be ascertained in the consent by using codes instead of names to differentiate respondents. Risks such as distress and fatigue will be addressed by giving breaks to the children. The tools have been made in such a way that they give 10 min breaks between subtests. In situations where the children may find it hard to understand what is required of them, there are practice tests right before each subtest. The researcher will ensure that tools administration will not interfere with the children’s activities by carrying out data collection during school holidays, after class or on the weekends. The respondents will be informed that they may not benefit directly from participating in the study, but the results will aid in coming up with a measure of cognitive deficits that may add value to management of children whose illness may complicate their cognitive functioning. Children found to have neurocognitive problems will be referred to the Mental Health Department in Kenyatta National Hospital where a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist will carry out further management. In addition, written and verbal information regarding the objectives of the study will be given to the caregivers, as well as, children.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.