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01.12.2020 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2020 Open Access

BMC Pediatrics 1/2020

Parents’ and healthcare professionals’ perceptions of the use of live video recording in neonatal units: a focus group study

BMC Pediatrics > Ausgabe 1/2020
Aude Le Bris, Nadia Mazille-Orfanos, Pauline Simonot, Maude Luherne, Cyril Flamant, Geraldine Gascoin, Gearóid ÓLaighin, Richard Harte, Patrick Pladys
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The emerging use of video in neonatology units raises ethical and practical questions. This study aims to gain a better understanding of the suitability, limitations and constraints concerning the use of live video as a tool in neonatal clinical practice. The perceptions of parents and healthcare professionals in regard to live video were examined.


Nine focus groups were conducted in four neonatal units involving 20 healthcare professionals and 19 parents. Data were triangulated using transcripts and field notes and analyzed using inductive and semantic thematic analysis.


The seven major themes that emerged from the healthcare professionals focus groups were (i) the impact of video recording on healthcare professionals’ behavior; (ii) the impact on parents; (iii) forensic issues;(iv) guarantee of use; (v) benefits for the newborn; (vi) methodology of use; and (vii) technical considerations & feasibility. The five major themes that emerged from parents focus groups were (i) benefits for the newborn and care enhancement; (ii) impact on parents and potential benefits in case of newborn child/parent separation; (iii) informed consent and guarantee of use;(iv) concern about a possible disruptive impact on healthcare professionals; and (v) data protection.


Both parents and healthcare professionals found video recording useful and acceptable if measures were taken to protect the data and mitigate any negative impacts on healthcare professionals.
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