Communication skills in Obstetrics: what can we learn from bereaved parents?

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dc.contributor.author Nuzum, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author O'Donoghue, Keelin
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-26T08:36:38Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-26T08:36:38Z
dc.date.issued 2017-02
dc.identifier.citation Nuzum, D., Meaney, S. and O'Donoghue, K. (2017) 'Communication skills in Obstetrics: what can we learn from bereaved parents?', Irish Medical Journal, 110(2), 512 (9pp). doi:10147/621090 en
dc.identifier.volume 110 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.issn 0332-3102
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5879
dc.identifier.doi 10147/621090
dc.description.abstract Communicating bad news in obstetrics is challenging. This study explores the impact of how bad news was communicated to parents following a diagnosis of stillbirth. Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with 12 mothers and 5 fathers, bereaved following stillbirth at a tertiary maternity hospital where the perinatal mortality rate is 5.2/1000. Data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. How the diagnosis of stillbirth was communicated had a profound and lasting impact on parents. Dominant superordinate themes were Language used, Sensitivity and Diversionary techniques. Parents recalled in detail where and how bad news was broken and language used. Diversionary techniques created a sense of mistrust especially when parents felt information was being withheld. Bereaved parents valued privacy at the time of diagnosis of stillbirth. This study highlights the importance of language, sensitivity and environment where clinicians can learn from the experiences of bereaved parents who value open, sensitive and honest communication. The results of this study highlight the importance of patient-focused communication training for clinicians. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Irish Medical Association en
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10147/621090
dc.rights © 2017, Irish Medical Journal. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Stillbirth en
dc.subject Bereavement en
dc.subject Communication en
dc.title Communication skills in Obstetrics: what can we learn from bereaved parents? en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Daniel Nuzum, Medical School Office, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: danielnuzum@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-04-26T08:29:15Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Medical Journal en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress danielnuzum@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 512


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