Recruiting bereaved parents for research after infant death in the neonatal intensive care unit

Title

Recruiting bereaved parents for research after infant death in the neonatal intensive care unit

Creator

Currie ER; Roche C; Christian BJ; Bakitas M; Meneses K

Publisher

Applied Nursing Research

Date

2016

Subject

Bereavement; Intensive Care Units; Adult; bereaved parents; Humans; infant; infant death; Neonatal; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Newborn; Parents/ psychology; Qualitative Research; Recruitment; Sensitive topic

Description

Understanding parental experiences following infant death in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a high research priority and a necessary first step to improving health services. However, recruiting bereaved parents to discuss their experiences on such an extremely sensitive topic can be challenging and research procedures must be planned carefully in order to get an adequate sample. There is little published in the literature detailing specific strategies for recruiting bereaved parents for grief research, especially strategies for contacting parents and identifying factors that might affect participation. The purpose of this paper is to describe the process of recruiting bereaved parents into a qualitative research study exploring parental NICU experiences and grief responses following infant death. We describe a successful recruitment plan that led to the enrollment of difficult to recruit participants such as fathers, and individuals representing minorities and those from lower socioeconomic (SES) groups. Bereaved parents of infants after an NICU hospitalization should continue to be recruited for research studies for their unique perspectives and valuable insights about the devastating experience of infant death. Participants in this study reported more benefits than harm and the results addressed a critical gap in the literature.
2016-11

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Citation List Month

March 2018 List

Volume

32

Collection

Citation

Currie ER; Roche C; Christian BJ; Bakitas M; Meneses K, “Recruiting bereaved parents for research after infant death in the neonatal intensive care unit,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 28, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14604.

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