Women's experiences of participating in the Magpie Trial: a postal survey in the United Kingdom.
ABSTRACT The Magpie Trial compared magnesium sulfate with placebo for women with preeclampsia. The objective of this study was to explore women's views and experiences of participating in the Magpie Trial in the United Kingdom.
Postal questionnaires were sent to 771 women participants in the Magpie Trial to assess long-term health of UK women and children. The questionnaire included three questions exploring women's experience of participating in the trial: (a) If time suddenly went backward, and you had to do it all over again, would you agree to participate in the Magpie Trial? (b) Please tell us if there was anything about the Magpie Trial that you think could have been done better; and (c) Please tell us if there was anything about the Magpie Trial, or your experience of joining the trial, that you think was particularly good.
Overall, 619 of the 771 women who were sent questionnaires returned them. In response to the three questions: (a) 58 percent (356) of women responded "definitely yes," 27 percent (169) "probably yes," 4 percent (23) "probably no," 5 percent (33) "definitely no," and 5 percent (34) "not sure." No clear evidence was shown of a relationship with allocated treatment, although women who responded "probably or definitely no" were more likely to have had side effects from trial treatment. (b) Although 44 percent of women stated that nothing could have been done better, free text suggestions related to content of recruitment information, and its timing, and wanting to know treatment allocation and trial results. c) Women were generally extremely positive about being followed up and receiving trial results.
Women were largely positive about participation in the trial and its follow-up, but still reported ways they believed the study could have been improved, such as more information, given earlier, which also has implications for clinical care.
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ABSTRACT: Satisfaction with maternity care is strongly related to the patient-caregiver relationship and involvement in the decision-making process. We sought to compare women's views about their care in a randomized trial of 'less tight' vs. 'tight' control of non-proteinuric pre-existing or gestational hypertension in pregnancy. In the CHIPS Pilot Trial, women completed a postpartum questionnaire to assess their likes and dislikes about their blood pressure (BP) management and trial participation. Comparisons were descriptive. Baseline information was similar for the 'less tight' and 'tight' control groups. Of 132 women, 126 (95.5%) from 17 centers completed a postpartum questionnaire, usually within days of delivery. At least 90% of women in both groups were satisfied with their care, and would be willing to participate again or recommend participation to a friend. Women in both the 'less tight' and 'tight' groups were satisfied with BP management (98.4% vs. 95.1%), and the frequency of tests of maternal and fetal well being. Half of women in both groups perceived that their BP was too high and that caregivers thought that their BP was too high. More women in the 'less tight' (vs. the 'tight') control group took less medication than expected (71.7% vs. 38.2%). More women in the 'tight' (vs. the 'less tight') group took more medication than they expected (60.0% vs. 22.2%). At least 60% of all women used home BP monitoring. In the CHIPS Pilot Trial, while women stated that they were satisfied with their BP management and care, a surprising 50% in both groups thought that their BP was too high. The majority of women used home BP monitoring, the role of which must be further defined in hypertensive pregnancies.Hypertension in Pregnancy 02/2007; 26(4):371-87. · 0.93 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Recruitment to randomized controlled trials can be difficult for all parties involved. An alternative to the standard process has been suggested for trials in which the control group receives standard treatment or nontreatment. In this approach (the Zelen design), randomization precedes consent, which is only sought from those allocated to the experimental arm of a trial. The control group is thus unaware that randomization has taken place. As a controversial method, this approach has been often suggested but rarely used. Here we describe how 44 parents recruited to a difficult neonatal trial that used conventional randomization reacted to the idea of Zelen randomization. The arguments they gave for and against the method pertain to four areas: the giving or withholding of information, the effect on decision making, the use of data without parental knowledge, and the long-term impact for parents. The parents were evenly divided in accepting or rejecting the method. Further analysis showed that those rejecting Zelen randomization were more likely to be parents of infants allocated to the control group. This suggests that those from whom consent would not be sought, the group that this approach is primarily meant to protect, are most likely to find it unacceptable.Controlled Clinical Trials 05/1999; 20(2):149-71.
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ABSTRACT: Women participating in a randomized controlled trial to assess the effects of having access to and holding their own obstetric records were asked an open-ended question about their feelings of involvement in the study. The 247 responses (92% of the sample) were very positive. They discussed the personal advantages to themselves and their wish to help others, both at the time of the study and in the future. Some problems of participation were mentioned. The women stressed the importance which they attached to the feeding back of the results of the trial to them as participants.Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 02/1987; 5:3-8. · 0.67 Impact Factor