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The complexities of recruiting bereaved family members into a research study in the critical care environment: a discussion paper.

Whitfield, Victoria; Havyatt, Jennifer; Buckley, Thomas; Bartrop, Roger; McKinley, Sharon; Roche, Diane; Spinaze, Monica; Bramwell, Margaret; Tofler, Geoffrey.
Aust Crit Care; 28(2): 77-81, 2015 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25554542
Research on the effects of stressful events on human health and wellbeing has progressed in recent years. One such stress, bereavement, is considered one of life's greatest stresses, requiring significant readjustment. The Cardiovascular Risk in Bereavement study (CARBER) investigated in detail cardiovascular risk factors during the first weeks following the death of a partner or adult child in the critical care environment. The purpose of this paper is to explore the once held perception that the bereaved population should not be involved in research, using an actual illustrative project. The paper specifically focuses on the challenges regarding acceptability and feasibility of recruitment of recently bereaved individuals from the critical care environment. The question of whether bereaved individuals have capacity to consent to involvement in research immediately after loss is considered. The appropriateness of asking newly bereaved individuals to participate in research immediately after the death of their relative is also discussed. The work of the research team demonstrates that early recruitment of bereaved family members into a research project is feasible and acceptable to participants, especially when a multidisciplinary collaborative approach is employed and a personal mode of recruitment used.
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