Acceptability and feasibility of collecting psychosocial data from fathers of very low birth weight infants

Sophie Bagge (Lead Author), Briony Westgate, Karen Few, Paul Clarke, Anna Adlam, Judi Walsh (Lead Author), Margaret O'Brien

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The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility and acceptability of collecting outcome data from parents of very low birth weight infants, and to explore the psychological and social adaptation of fathers. Questionnaires were distributed to 38 parents of very low birth weight infants and 36 parents of term infants within a hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Field notes were also taken. Parents indicated collecting outcome data in this population was feasible and acceptable, but barriers and difficulties in data collection were identified, particularly for fathers. Furthermore, parents highlighted a lack of emotional support for fathers. In conclusion, research with parents of very low birth weight infants should happen with consultation, flexibility, and measures designed specifically for this population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
Issue number3
Early online date23 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017


  • Father
  • neonatal
  • parents
  • recruitment
  • support

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