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Intervention development and evaluation

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Intervention development and evaluation

Intervention development and evaluation

Our intervention work focuses on individuals, couples and families; health professionals; and systems.

Much of the work we do in other research areas informs our intervention and development work.

Our research in this area

  • Behavioural interventions to prevent stillbirth and/or address behavioural risk factors
  • Healthcare professional training and/or support interventions
  • Interventions to facilitate the conduct of adequate and efficient perinatal death reviews
  • Supportive care interventions for people who have experienced pregnancy loss.

Key publications

Category Category Keywords Year Title Abstract Actions

Journal Article

Journal Article Bereavement care, Impact, Stillbirth 2022

Addressing obstetricians’ awareness of compassion, communication, and self-care when caring for families experiencing stillbirth: Evaluation of a novel educational workshop using applied drama techniques

A novel educational workshop using applied drama techniques–developed collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including people with lived experience–is an acceptable and appropriate way of training obstetricians in how to care for bereaved parents/to engage in self-care. More details Read publication

Journal Article

Journal Article Bereavement care, Staff training 2021

Development and evaluation of TEARDROP - a perinatal bereavement care training programme for healthcare professionals

Adequate perinatal bereavement care training for maternity staff is crucial. Our evaluation of the participant-centred TEARDROP workshop shows it was very well received by staff and can impact on the quality of perinatal bereavement care provided in Ireland. More details Read publication

Journal Article

Journal Article Staff support 2020

Interventions to improve wellbeing among obstetricians and midwives at Cork University Maternity Hospital

Doctors-in-training and midwives in our study experienced high levels of burnout and compassion fatigue. End-of-shift meetings for midwives and team bonding sessions for doctors may positively impact on wellbeing, but are not feasible for implementation in their current format. More details Read publication

Journal Article

Journal Article Bereavement care, Pregnancy loss 2019

The electronic record and the value of an alert symbol

The introduction of a specific pregnancy loss alert symbol on electronic records would benefit clinical practice greatly. Further education and training in navigating this record is needed so that important information can be easily sought out and to improve care. More details Read publication

Journal Article

Journal Article Pregnancy loss 2016

Development of a mobile health application for those who have experienced pregnancy loss

We created a website and mobile app to share evidence-based information on pregnancy loss. The app also allows users to record their experience of pregnancy loss. Data collected from app users has the potential to inform evidence based practice in the future. More details Read publication

Journal Article

Journal Article Stillbirth 2023

Designing a behaviour change intervention to address the behavioural risk factors for stillbirth: A study protocol [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]

Addressing preventable stillbirths is crucial. This study aims to design a behaviour change intervention using established behavioural science models and frameworks (COM-B and the Behaviour Change Wheel). Evidence-based & adaptable, it targets behavioural risk factors for stillbirth. More details Read publication

Our people

Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Fifth Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 YE02, Ireland,