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30 year follow-up of parents after stillbirth

Project Status In Progress
Organisation Lead University of Queensland
Lead Investigator Fran Boyle
Program Area Implementing Best Practice In Care After Stillbirth And In Subsequent Pregnancies
Topic Data And Novel Interventions To Improve Bereavement Care
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The study aims to investigate the consequences of stillbirth for parents and families over a 30-year time span. Stillbirth has a profound effect on parents and families and the consequences may be long-lasting and life-changing. Studies show that psychological distress may continue for at least several years, but little information is available about longer-term consequences. In 1985, the Family & Child Health Study (FACHS) interviewed 413 families within 6-8 weeks of experiencing the death of a baby, including 99 families who had experienced stillbirth. These families, and a comparison group of 392 families who had a surviving baby, were recruited through seven south-east Queensland hospitals between 1985 and 1989. Families were followed-up to assess their psychological, social and physical health on four occasions over the next 7 years. The FACHS remains one of the largest prospective population-based studies of perinatal bereavement and is widely cited in the field. We are now uniquely placed to follow-up these families some 30 years later. This study will follow-up with FACHS participants who experienced stillbirth and conduct interviews with a subgroup of those families.