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Questionnaire development

The development steps to be undertaken in 2021 are outlined below:

  1. An international review of bereaved parents’ experience surveys identified international best practice with regard to the models and methodologies employed to deliver a National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey.
  2. Focus groups involving bereaved parents, healthcare professionals, support organisations, representatives of special interest groups, inspectors and policy-makers will identify the most important question areas to include in the survey.
  3. A gap analysis will identify questions which are relevant to the Irish context of care following a pregnancy loss.
  4. A list of questions will be assembled from the previous steps, of which a Delphi study will identify the priority questions.
  5. A further review will be undertaken by experts, for example, the Department of Health, HIQA, HSE and the National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey Programme Board to further prioritise questions in the survey.
  6. Cognitive interviews with bereaved parents who have used health and social care services will be undertaken to assess the clarity and appropriateness of the proposed National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey questionnaire.
  7. Following approval by the National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey Programme Board, the survey questionnaire will be finalised and dates agreed to commence the survey in 2022.