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Infant Mental Health in Cardiac Population v1

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    A Qualitative Exploration of Infant Mental Health in the Cardiac Population



  • Contact name

    Naomi White

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 4 months, 16 days

  • Research summary

    Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is a very common birth defect in the UK and one third of infants with CHD will need surgery. So far, there has been little research about the impact of hospitalisation and surgery on the infant’s social and emotional wellbeing, e.g. their mental health (MH). This study is sponsored by NHS GG&C and aims to explore how primary caregivers perceive the impact of hospital and surgery for CHD on their infant’s MH, and caregivers views on a questionnaire about their infant’s MH. Between 10-20 primary caregivers of infants who have undergone surgery for CHD and have been discharged home from the Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children within the last 18 months, and remain open as outpatients to the Cardiac Service, will be invited to complete a questionnaire about their infant’s MH and participate in a semi-structured interview. To participate, primary caregivers infant's must be aged between 1-3 years old at the time of the interview and have been discharged from hospital for a minimum of 4 weeks. Parents/carers must be able to speak sufficient English. Meetings with those who agree to take part will be done in person at the hospital or remotely via video conferencing, and are expected to last between 45- 90 minutes. Interviews will be written up pseuodonymously and then analysed, by developing themes.

  • REC name

    South West - Central Bristol Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    11 Aug 2022

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion

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