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Anaesthetic Staff Survey: FAQs

Participant Information Sheet

1. Research Project Title

The SuPPORT Project: 

Supporting Parents and Professionals through NeOnatal Resuscitation in Theatre 

2. Invitation

You are being invited to take part in this research project. Before you decide to do so, it is important you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part. Thank you for reading this.

3. What is the project’s purpose?

This project will explore both parental and anaesthetic team experiences of neonatal resuscitation. Broad theme-generation from parental feedback, alongside qualitative analysis of anaesthetic staff experiences, will be used to develop an evidenced-based understanding of this previously unpublished area. We hope to use gained knowledge to develop ‘Principles of Care’, inform national guidance for members of the anaesthetic team and support their professional development.  

Our ultimate aim is to provide benefit and reduce psychological distress both for members of the anaesthetic team who communicate with mothers and birthing partners during neonatal resuscitation, and for those families with personal experience of neonatal resuscitation. 

The parental feedback has already been collected.

4. Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen because you regularly work as part of the anaesthetic team in Obstetric theatre and may have experience of communicating with mothers and partners during neonatal resuscitation in theatre.

5. Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be able to keep a copy of this information sheet and you should indicate your agreement to the online consent form.

6. What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be asked to complete a web-based questionnaire which we estimate will take 15-20 mins depending on your experiences.

7. What do I have to do?

Please answer the questions in the questionnaire. There are no other commitments or lifestyle restrictions associated with participating.

8. What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

This questionnaire will ask Anaesthetic healthcare professionals to reflect upon their lived experiences of communicating with mothers and birthing partners during neonatal resuscitation within the obstetric theatre setting. This may bring up challenging emotions for some staff as they recall these difficult events and therefore, question participation is not mandatory, comments will be invited, but not required to move through the questionnaire, in case participants prefer not to answer a particular question.

Additionally, we have used signposting to staff support services, with a functional link which allows for self-referral and access to free psychological support integrated into the online questionnaire.

9. What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Whilst there are no immediate benefits for those people participating in the project, it is hoped that this work will help to develop ‘Principles of Care’ guidance and interventions which will provide benefit and reduce psychological distress for both anaesthetic team members and families. 

10. What happens if the research stops earlier than expected?

Should the research stop earlier than planned and you are affected in any way we will tell you and explain why.

11. What if something goes wrong?

If you have any complaints about the project in the first instance you can contact any member of the research team. If you feel your complaint has not been handled to your satisfaction you can contact, to make a formal complaint.

12. Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

All the information that we collect during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. You will not be able to be identified or identifiable in any reports or publications. Your institution will also not be identified or identifiable. Any data collected about you in the online questionnaire will be stored online in a form protected by passwords and other relevant security processes and technologies.

Data collected, including direct quotes may be shared in an anonymised form to allow reuse by the research team and other third parties. These anonymised data will not allow any individuals or their institutions to be identified or identifiable.

13. Will I be recorded, and how will the recorded media be used?

You will not be recorded in any way other than your input to the questionnaire without separate permission being gained from you.

14. What type of information will be sort from me and why is the collection of this information relevant for achieving the research project’s objectives?

The questionnaire will use open and closed questions to explore past clinical experiences and current practices in communication between anaesthetic staff and parents during neonatal resuscitation in theatre. It will also generate knowledge on which educational and support mechanisms will be most effective for service improvement.

Your views and experiences are just what the project is interested in exploring. 

15. What will happen to the results of the research project?

The results of the research will be published. You will not be identified in any report or publication. Your institution will not be identified in any report or publication. If you wish to be given a copy of any reports resulting from the research, please ask us to put you on our circulation list.

16. Who is organising and funding the research?

The project is a partnership involving Dr Esther Godfrey, University Hospital of Wales, Dr Tom Kitchen, University Hospital of Wales, and Dr Nicola Harris, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. Some funding has come from the Obstetric Association of Anaesthesia (OAA).

17. Who has ethically reviewed the project?

The project has been ethically approved by the Health and Care Research Wales and the Research Ethics Committee.  

18. Contacts for Further Information

Dr Thomas Kitchen, Perioperative Medicine Directorate, Cardiff and Vale UHB, University Hospital of Wales Anaesthetic Department, University of Wales, Cardiff, CF14 4XW. Anaesthetic Consultant with special interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia. tel: 02020 743973

Dr Esther Godfrey, Department of Anaesthetics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. CF14 4XW. Specialty Registrar in Anaesthesia.

  • tel: 02020 743973

Dr Nicola Harris, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. Anaesthetic Consultant with special Interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia. tel: 01656 752631 

Thank you for considering taking part in this research.

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