The NeoPACE study: study protocol for the development of a core outcome set for neonatal palliative care

Title

The NeoPACE study: study protocol for the development of a core outcome set for neonatal palliative care

Creator

Gallagher K; Chant K; Mancini A; Bluebond-Langner M; Marlow N

Publisher

BMC Palliative Care

Date

2023

Subject

child; adult; article; controlled study; human; male; newborn; palliative therapy; newborn death; perinatal death; terminal care; total quality management; systematic review; interview; newborn intensive care; health care personnel; therapy; Delphi study

Description

Neonatal death is the leading category of death in children under the age of 5 in the UK. Many babies die following decisions between parents and the neonatal team; when a baby is critically unwell, with the support of healthcare professionals, parents may make the decision to stop active treatment and focus on ensuring their baby has a 'good' death. There is very little evidence to support the clinical application of neonatal palliative care and/or end-of-life care, resulting in variation in clinical provision between neonatal units. Developing core outcomes for neonatal palliative care would enable the development of measures of good practice and enhance our care of families. The aim of this study is to develop a core outcome set with associated tools for measuring neonatal palliative care. Method: This study has four phases: (1) identification of potential outcomes through systematic review and qualitative interviews with key stakeholders, including parents and healthcare professionals (2) an online Delphi process with key stakeholders to determine core outcomes (3) identification of outcome measures to support clinical application of outcome use (4) dissemination of the core outcome set for use across neonatal units in the UK. Key stakeholders include parents, healthcare professionals, and researchers with a background in neonatal palliative care. Discussion: Developing a core outcome set will standardise minimum reported outcomes for future research and quality improvement projects designed to determine the effectiveness of interventions and clinical care during neonatal palliative and/or end-of-life care. The core outcome set will provide healthcare professionals working in neonatal palliative and/or end-of-life support with an increased and consistent evidence base to enhance practice in this area. Trial registration: The study has been registered with the COMET initiative ( https://www.comet-initiative.org/Studies/Details/1470 ) and the systematic review is registered with the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO) (CRD42023451068).

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Citation List Month

February List 2024

Collection

Citation

Gallagher K; Chant K; Mancini A; Bluebond-Langner M; Marlow N, “The NeoPACE study: study protocol for the development of a core outcome set for neonatal palliative care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 20, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/19479.