Get involved with Research

recruiting-new-mums-flyerCurrently recruiting research participants for – “Exploring the opinions and experiences of new mothers in relation to the psychological wellbeing of midwives and the provision of online support for those in work-related psychological distress: A mixed methods study”

Ethical approval has been given for this research via Coventry University’s ethics department –   P46475

Participant criteria: Any women who have used English maternity services for any reason in the last 12 months.

Please read  information about this research below, and contact the primary researcher if you would like to take part, or have any further questions to ask.

Primary Researcher: Sally Pezaro –  Email: pezaros@uni.coventry.ac.uk

Twitter: @SallyPezaro

Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR)

Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

Mile Lane

Coventry CV1 2NL

Tel: 07950035977

Limited places – Please send an email to secure your interest

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Participant Information Sheet

Formal Invitation to participate in a mixed methods study: Exploring the opinions and experiences of new mothers in relation to the psychological wellbeing of midwives and the provision of online support for those in work-related psychological distress

  1. Information about the project/Purpose of the project

Midwives experience both organisational and occupational sources of work-related psychological distress (Pezaro et al. 2015). This is not compatible with the provision of excellence in maternity care. The need for an evidenced-based intervention is pressing, as there is a direct correlation between the psychological wellbeing of maternity staff, and the safety and quality of maternity care (Hall et al. 2016, The Royal College of Physicians 2015).

Currently, there is a shortage of psychological support for midwives (Strobl et al. 2014). Online networks are one option people may turn to in psychological distress as an alternative to face to face support where they can seek help in confidence at any time. As a consequence, midwives who also seek these benefits, may find online networks a place to seek help in confidence, acquire the skills and resources required to manage their own mental wellbeing, improve their professional quality of life, and reduce symptoms of traumatic stress, depression and anxiety (Pezaro and Clyne 2016).

The focus of this research is to garner your opinions and experiences in relation to the psychological wellbeing of midwives and the provision of online support for those midwives in work-related psychological distress. We are looking for your opinion, and we invite you to participate in a focus group discussion and a paper based questionnaire in order to explore these topics with you further.

We hope that the results of this study will inform new ideas about how, why and if midwives may be psychologically supported via an online intervention. The results of this study will direct the direction and potential development and testing of an online intervention designed to support midwives in work-related psychological distress.

  1. Why have I been chosen?

You have been invited to participate in this study because you have used NHS maternity services within the last 12 months. We believe that your thoughts feelings and experiences in relation to this topic are valuable, and will help us to better understand how to support midwives in work-related psychological distress to improve the maternity services as a whole.

  1. Do I have to take part?

No. You have no obligation to take part in this study and may decline or withdraw from the study at any time without need of any explanation.

  1. What do I have to do?

This research will invite your contributions via a focus group discussion session, written contributions and a paper based survey. This one research session will take place during one of the mother and baby group sessions held within a community centre (Address, date and time to be added here once confirmed). Following the completion of a paper based survey, the researcher will ask a series of ‘prompting’ questions which relate to the psychological wellbeing of midwives and the provision of online support for those midwives in work-related psychological distress. We hope you will participate in active discussion with the other new mothers who attend this session for the purpose of research. Towards the end of this discussion session, you will be invited to produce a written/paper based overview of your discussions in relation to this topic.

The questionnaire should take around 15 minutes to complete, however you will have the opportunity to expand upon your answers to your own extent, and complete this outside of the planned focus group session. The entire session will last approximately 1.5 hours, and will be digitally recorded in order to clarify the accuracy of any paper notes taken.

  1. What are the risks associated with this project?

There is a risk that you may experience psychological distress as a result of participating in this study due to the nature of its sensitive topic. We would urge you to access support from your named healthcare professional should you experience any emotional discomfort.

  1. What are the benefits of taking part?

The benefit of taking part in this study is that you will become a part of new research which explores the opinions and experiences of new mothers in relation to the psychological wellbeing of midwives and the provision of online support for those midwives in work-related psychological distress. Should such an online intervention be developed, it will be evidence based as a result of your participation, making it potentially more suitable for use and of worth to the wider community. You will also be paid £20 in thanks for your contributions.

  1. Withdrawal options

You may decline or withdraw from this study at any time without need of any explanation.

  1. Data protection & confidentiality

Any data you give will be protected and secured confidentially by the research team. The data collected throughout this study will be kept securely for at least three years from the end of the project in line with Coventry University’s policy on Principles and Standards of Conduct on the Governance of Applied Research. Anything published will be done so anonymously, so that no comments can be linked to any individual participant or organisation.

  1. What if things go wrong?

Should you have any complaints, concerns or questions at any time, you may contact the research team via the contact details below. You can also use these contact details to inform the research team of your withdrawal should you so wish. You can also contact Professor Olivier Sparagano, who is Sponsor and Chair of the Coventry University ethics committee:

Telephone: 02477659732

Email: olivier.sparagano@coventry.ac.uk

  1. What will happen with the results of the study?

Following this focus group session, the research team will collate and evaluate all responses to the questionnaire, and assess any paper notes taken during the focus group discussion session. All responses and recordings will remain anonymous, and will only be accessed by research team. Overall data and emergent themes of relevance will be presented and reported within a final and published research paper. You will receive a copy of this paper via your session group facilitators should you wish to.

Ultimately, the findings from this research will inform the direction of a new National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) post-doctoral fellowship application. This application will propose how an online intervention designed to support midwives in work-related psychological distress may be developed and tested in partnership with patient groups and end users.

  1. Who has reviewed this study?

This study has been reviewed by Coventry University’s Ethics Department.

  1. Further information/Key contact details of the research team

Please contact the research team via the details given below for any further information with regards to this project.

Primary Researcher:

Sally Pezaro MSc, BA (Hons), DipMid, RM

Twitter: @SallyPezaro

Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR)

Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

Mile Lane

Coventry CV1 2NL

Tel: 07950035977

Email: pezaros@uni.coventry.ac.uk

Secondary Researcher:

Dr. Wendy Clyne PhD, BA (Hons)

Senior Research Fellow

FACULTY OF HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB

Tel: 02477654636

Email: wendy.clyne@coventry.ac.uk

 

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