This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition congenital heart disease
Sponsor Medical College of Wisconsin
Collaborator Children's Hospital and Health System Foundation, Wisconsin
Start date January 2009
End date December 2019
Trial size 16 participants
Trial identifier NCT01503307, CHW 08/160, GC 728


The purpose of this research study is to learn about parents' experiences following diagnosis of a fetal/neonatal Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). Nurses, physicians, and other health-care clinicians will benefit from an improved understanding of what the diagnosis means to parents and what they expect concerning the infant, being a parent, and caregiving tasks and responsibilities. The investigators expect that the knowledge gained will increase clinicians' ability to respond to parents' needs.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case-only
Time perspective prospective
parent of a baby (prenatal or postpartum)who was recently found to have a heart defect.

Primary Outcomes

Creation of a typology of perinatal internal working models of parenting in congenital heart disease.
time frame: 1 year

Secondary Outcomes

Parent outcomes
time frame: 1 year

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants up to 12 weeks old.

Inclusion Criteria for Parents: - at least 18 years old - English speaking and reading - not known to have a mental illness or cognitive deficit Inclusion Criteria for Infant: - prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of a complex CHD that requires surgical repair or palliation early in the infant's life (i.e., tetralogy of Fallot, atrial-ventricular canal, ventricular septal defect, pulmonary stenosis, tricuspid atresia, hypoplastic right or left heart, or other complex condition). Infants will not be excluded if they also have congenital syndromes or extra-cardiac defects. Exclusion Criteria: - no CHD diagnosis

Additional Information

Official title Parenting After Infant Congenital Heart Defect Diagnosis
Principal investigator Karen Pridham, PhD, RN
Description Parental mental health status is linked to the development and quality of caregiving, as well as physiological and psychosocial outcomes for the infant/child with a heart defect. This is an evolving population of parents with most challenged prenatally with a fetal diagnosis and later as caregivers for medically complex infants. Parents with pre- and postnatally diagnosed infants are at risk for sub-optimal mental health. Parents' experiences and needs differ by timing of diagnosis. Several gaps in the literature exist. First, advances in technology raise questions about how becoming a caregiver is experienced considering the timing of the diagnosis. Second, little is known about how the timing of the diagnosis could influence parents' mental health status and caregiving after diagnosis. Finally, more study is needed to identify the type, timing and duration of intervention to support these parents as caregivers and optimize their infants' health. Data collected for this study included demographic and health information (from parents and infant health records), measures of distress (symptoms of depression, anxiety and trauma), and interviews. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents in person in the hospital and home settings. Interviews with each couple in the prenatally diagnosed group were conducted once during the third trimester of pregnancy and once within 12 weeks after birth. Interviews with each couple or mother in the postnatally diagnosed group were conducted once within 12 weeks after birth. Interviews lasted 1-3 hours, were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim for analysis. Field notes were also written and audio recorded for use in analysis. Directed content analysis has been used to describe parents' experiences and caregiving motivations in relation to parental distress and severity of infant illness. Analysis of data is ongoing. Additional analyses are expected to further improve knowledge on the differing needs of parents of pre- and postnatally diagnosed infants, as well as parents' experiences and caregiving motivations in the context of discharge from tertiary care.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2015.
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