A team of researchers, psychologists and mental health clinicians located at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, have been conducting a research program over a number of years, which consists of a number of different studies:
- Take a Breath Cohort study: This was a longitudinal study in which parents completed a series of questionnaires over a two year period. We asked how parents were feeling and adjusting to their child’s illness or injury. This has helped us to better understand and identify families that may benefit from further psychosocial support. This was completed in 2014.
- Take a Breath Pilot Studies: After the initial development of the Take a Breath parent program, a series of pilot studies were conducted to explore the feasibility, usability and usefulness of the program. Both face to face and video-conferencing modes of delivery were explored, and the videoconferencing platform was favored as it allowed a greater number of parents across Australia to take part. These pilots were completed in 2014. We also completed two small pilots to explore the applicability of the Take a Breath Program for parents of children with a chronic illness: Cerebral Palsy and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (the latter included work with both adolescents and their parents). These were completed in 2015.
- Take a Breath Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT): We are currently evaluating the Take a Breath program in a large study across different hospital departments. In this trial, Take a Breath is being delivered online using videoconferencing so that the families in most need can take part from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in Australia. Recruitment for this project is complete, however groups will be running until June 2017.