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Investigation of informed consent procedures initiated in the intrapartum period

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number4
DatePublished - 1 Apr 2020


When research involves procedures initiated in the intrapartum period, there is considerable variation in information provision. If midwives are to optimise the process of information provision and facilitate good understanding of the research, we need to understand how information is currently provided. Aim To investigate the feasibility and acceptability of an approach to investigating information provision for informed consent to research involving interventions initiated during the intra-partum period.

Audio recordings of seven study recruitment consultations and six structured interviews were transcribed and analysed to construct a ‘hints and tips’ for recruitment document for midwives. Findings Most women and three of five midwives agreed to audiorecording consultations. All participants confirmed the acceptability of audio-recording recruitment consultations. Midwives varied in their experiences.

This approach to exploring the informed consent processes is feasible and acceptable to women and midwives. Findings will inform further investigation of information provision in the ASSIST II Study.

    Research areas

  • Maternity, Recruitment, Consent, Optimise


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