A qualitative description of participation in an 8-week infant skin integrity study : recruitment, motivation, retention and accessing information about infant skincare

MacVane Phipps, FE, Price, AD, Ackers-Johnson, J, Cook, PA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6435-8050 and Lythgoe, J 2021, 'A qualitative description of participation in an 8-week infant skin integrity study : recruitment, motivation, retention and accessing information about infant skincare' , British Journal of Midwifery . (In Press)

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Abstract

Background The qualitative phase of the Baby Skin Integrity Comparison Survey (BaSICS) study was designed to answer two overarching questions: 1) What was the experience of participating in this study and 2) how did new mothers access and use advice about infant skin care. Aims The aim of this qualitative phase of the BaSICS study was to explore the experience of participating in the research, and how this interrelated with the experience of newborn skin care, in order to inform future studies about best practice in engagement and retention in research with mothers and infants in the neonatal period Methods At the end of the survey phase of the BaSICS study 10% of participants were invited to take part in an interview. Mothers who agreed to participate (n=38) were given the choice of either a face-to-face or telephone interview. Semi-structured interviews were recorded and transcribed. Transcripts were analysed using NVivo and manual template analysis. Findings Motivation included both altruism and personal benefits. The bespoke phone app was a convenient and easy tool for data collection and being afforded full responsibility for observing and recording infant skin condition increased mothers’ awareness of skin changes. Family, friends and the internet were the most commonly used sources of information about baby skin care. Conclusion The qualitative interview component of the BaSICS study provided information that could not have been deduced from the daily survey and final questionnaire alone. This provides valuable guidance for future research in the field of infant skin care.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
ISSN: 0969-4900
Funders: Irish Breeze
Depositing User: PA Cook
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2021 09:50
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2021 10:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/59625

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