Researchers at the University of Newcastle are trying to find out more about the needs of new parents and ways to support them during the early parenting transition. The COPE study aims to investigate how learning in simulation using an interactive parental m-health program may influence a new parent’s parental self-efficacy, parental distress and their coparenting relationship during their infant’s first three months. M-health is the use of mobile communication and computing technologies in public health and health care. A critical determinant of the program is the topics that the items will focus on. The purpose of this Delphi study is to reach consensus on what topics and information are most critical for parents during the postnatal year. From these topics the items for the interactive m-health program will be developed.
What is a Delphi study?
The Delphi method seeks to obtain consensus on the opinions of experts and consumers, termed panel members, through a series of structured questionnaires. As part of the process, the responses from each round are fed back in summarised form to the participants who are then given an opportunity to respond again to the emerging data. Thus, the Delphi method is an iterative multi‐stage process designed to combine opinion into group consensus.
Parents of infants aged between one and 13 months are invited to register their interest in participating as a panel member in the Delphi study. We are keen to gain parent’s views on what topics are of most importance for new parents during the first year post-birth. Because of the study design, there are only limited positions available and successful participants will be randomly selected from those that have completed the expressions of interest application. All participants will be notified by the researchers regarding the outcome of their application.
To register your interest in taking part in this study please click HERE.
This project has been undertaken by Dr Linda Campbell, Ms Jaime Wroe, and Miranda Cashin.