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Title: Parents' evaluation of support in Australian hospitals following stillbirth
Contributor(s): Basile, Mel (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1049Open Access Link
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Abstract: The present study evaluated the level of support and satisfaction among parents of stillborn babies in Australian hospitals. One-hundred and eighty-nine mothers and fathers completed an online survey designed by the researcher based on the guidelines designed by the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand. Support was inconsistent with guidelines implemented on average only 55% of the time. Areas of support regarding creating memories, birth options and autopsy were most problematic. A significant positive correlation was found between support and satisfaction and there is indication that there has been some increase in support and satisfaction over time. There has been a significant increase in both support and satisfaction since the release of the guidelines in 2009. Creating memories was regarded by parents as the most influential to their grief. It is recommended that health professionals review guidelines and seek feedback from parents as to how they can improve the support they provide.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: PeerJ, v.3, p. 1-17
Publisher: PeerJ Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2167-8359
Field of Research (FOR): 111710 Health Counselling
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
111708 Health and Community Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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