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Anaesthetic Research

Parenting in the anaesthetic room: The parents’ perspective (MSc supervised research study)

This is a study that aims to listen to the voice of parents and contribute towards improving the understanding of how parents cope and are supported to be present with their child in the anaesthetic room.

Participants are invited to volunteer for the study which involves attendance for one interview of approximately 30 minutes duration via MS Teams (arranged for a time and date to suit you).

Who can take part?

  • a) Parents who have been present with their child in the anaesthetic room in a UK hospital.
  • b) The anaesthetic was in the last 5 years (since July 2018).
  • c) The reason for the anaesthetic can include scans, investigations, medical procedures as well as operations providing the child was well enough to go home on the day of the anaesthetic or within 48 hours.
  • d) Parents of all children (under 18 years old) at the time of the anaesthetic, including parents of children who have a special educational need or disability
  • e) Parents with an internet connection, you will be sent a 1 click link to be able to attend the interview on MS Teams via a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or PC (you do not need to download the MS Teams App, the call will be made without video and will be audio recorded with your consent).
  • f) The end date for the study is 30/7/23

This study is being conducted by Kerry Boddy, an MSc Psychology (conversion) student. Kerry is a registered nurse, nursing tutor and has lived experience of parenting in the anaesthetic room. The research will be used to support the thesis module of the MSc programme.

Dr Ben Morris is the lecturer responsible for supervising the research.

If you would like to participate or would like further information, please contact Kerry Boddy by email: 

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