J Perinat Med
. 2023 Aug 11.
doi: 10.1515/jpm-2023-0227. Online ahead of print. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37561765/
Exploring professionals’ views regarding prenatal counselling in congenital diaphragmatic hernia
- PMID: 37561765
- DOI: 10.1515/jpm-2023-0227
Objectives: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a congenital malformation in which the diaphragm and lungs are underdeveloped, leading to cardiorespiratory and other problems. This study aimed to explore professionals’ views regarding prenatal counselling in CDH.
Methods: A qualitative study was performed among healthcare professionals involved in the care of CDH patients in Radboud university medical center Amalia Children’s Hospital. Semi-structured interviews were conducted until saturation was achieved. Transcripts were qualitatively analysed to gain insight into professionals’ views regarding counselling.
Results: Eighteen professionals with various backgrounds were included. The professionals agreed that the first counselling session should be soon after diagnosis and additional sessions should be offered. Concerning counselling content, participants considered explanation of the diagnosis, prognosis, short- and long-term consequences, treatment options and practical aspects important. As for decision-making about possible termination of pregnancy, all professionals emphasised the importance of the parental role, but the preferred parental involvement varied. Regarding practical aspects, preferred counsellors were a neonatologist, obstetrician, paediatric surgeon and/or medical social worker. Participants emphasised that the counselling should be adjusted to parents’ needs.
Conclusions: This study gained insight into professionals’ views regarding the timeline, content, decision-making process, and practical aspects of prenatal counselling in CDH.
Keywords: congenital diaphragmatic hernia; prenatal counselling; qualitative study.
© 2023 the author(s), published by De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston.