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An audit of healthcare professionals’ knowledge regarding perinatal autopsy.

A new interesting article has been published in Ir J Med Sci. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1007/s11845-018-1907-x. and titled:

An audit of healthcare professionals’ knowledge regarding perinatal autopsy.

Authors of this article are:
Cullen S Mooney E Casey B Downey P.

A summary of the article is shown below:
BACKGROUND: Perinatal autopsy is one the most valuable investigations to ascertain the cause of death (Nijkamp et al., Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 22:167-175, 2017; Korteweg et al., AJOG 53, e1-12, 2012; Late Interuterine Death and Stillbirth’ RCOG Green-top Guideline No.55, 2015). Discussions about perinatal autopsy can be difficult for parents and healthcare professionals. Perinatal staff need a good level of knowledge and understanding regarding perinatal autopsy in order to discuss the procedure with parents. This study aims to investigate healthcare professionals’ knowledge regarding perinatal autopsy.METHODS: An audit conducted in a large teaching hospital using a questionnaire was developed and distributed to healthcare professionals in the hospital.RESULTS: Seventy healthcare professionals participated in the audit. Of those surveyed, 64% (n = 45) have discussed perinatal autopsy with a mother and the majority of healthcare professionals (67%) found this difficult. Self-reported levels of understanding were found to be low with just 10% reporting ‘excellent understanding’.CONCLUSIONS: The results of this audit highlight the need for further education among all healthcare professionals working with bereaved families.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: Autopsy;Perinatal death;Post-mortem;Stillbirth.

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