Parental understanding and self-blame following sudden infant death: a mixed-methods study of bereaved parents' and professionals' experiences
OPEN BMJ open | 21 May 2016
J Garstang, F Griffiths and P Sidebotham
Improvements in our understanding of the role of modifiable risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) mean that previous reassurance to parents that these deaths were unpreventable may no longer be appropriate. This study aimed to learn of bereaved parents' and healthcare professionals' experiences of understanding causes of death following detailed sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) investigations. The research questions were: How do bereaved parents understand the cause of death and risk factors identified during detailed investigation following a sudden unexpected infant death? What is the association between bereaved parents' mental health and this understanding? What are healthcare professionals' experiences of sharing such information with families?
* Data courtesy of Altmetric.com