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Understanding clinicians decision-making needs for autopsy consent after stillbirth: Framework analysis of a large survey

Project Status Complete
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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Multiple barriers to perinatal autopsy consent have been identified and parents decisions reflect an often complex interplay of parent-, clinician- and system-level influences. Clinicians have a critical role in assisting parents to navigate their decision, but are often poorly equipped for this role. This study aims to provide a detailed account of the role of clinicians in the autopsy decision-making process and to identify barriers and enablers to the provision of effective parent-centred decision support. Results of the study were presented at the International Stillbirth Alliance, Madrid, 2019.