Each year in Australia, there are more than 2000 stillbirths and for many the cause of death is never established. Autopsy is the gold standard for stillbirth investigation but rates of perinatal autopsy continue to decline. One of the most difficult decisions for parents following the stillbirth of their baby is whether to give consent for an autopsy examination. Little is known about the information and communication needs of parents faced with this decision. This study explores parents’ views and experiences related to autopsy decisions following stillbirth to determine how decision-making in such difficult circumstances might best be supported. 

Chief Investigators: Assoc Prof Fran Boyle, Assoc Prof Vicki Flenady, Dr Dell Horey, Ms Belinda Jennings, Prof Yee Khong, Ms Patricia Wilson, Ms Ibinabo Ibiebele, Prof David Ellwood

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