Support for mothers, fathers and families after perinatal death (Review)

Flenady, Vicki and Wilson, Trish (2008) Support for mothers, fathers and families after perinatal death (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 25 1: 336-344. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD000452.pub2

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Author Flenady, Vicki
Wilson, Trish
Title Support for mothers, fathers and families after perinatal death (Review)
Journal name Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-493X
Publication date 2008-01-23
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD000452.pub2
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 336
End page 344
Total pages 14
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract Background
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Background: Provision of an empathetic caring environment, and strategies to enable the mother, father and family to accept the reality of perinatal death, are now an accepted part of standard nursing and social support in most of the developed world. Provision of interventions such as psychological support or counselling, or both, has been suggested to improve outcomes for families after a perinatal death.

Objectives: The objective of this review was to assess the effects of the provision of any form of medical, nursing, social or psychological support or counselling, or both, to mother, father and families after perinatal death.

Search strategy: We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (30 October 2007) and reference lists of articles.

Selection criteria: Randomised trials of any form of general support aimed at encouraging acceptance of loss, specific bereavement counselling, or specialised psychological support/counselling including psychotherapy for mother, father and families experiencing perinatal death.

Data collection and analysis: Two review authors independently assessed eligibility of trials; a third person subsequently assessed the quality of the identified trials as a part of this review update.

Main results: No trials were included.

Authors' conclusions: There is currently insufficient information available from randomised trials to indicate whether there is or is not a benefit from interventions which aim to provide psychological support or counselling for mothers, fathers or families after perinatal death. Methodologically rigorous trials are needed.
Keyword Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID CPGS 10/4001/02
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: Mater Health Services Publications
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