UNCG Research

NIH grant awarded to Cote-Arsenault – breaking news


Posted on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 by UNCG Research.

Breaking News

Denise Cote-Arsenault, PhD, RNC, FNAP, School of Nursing

UNCG Research congratulates Dr. Denise Cote-Arsenault on her National Institutes of Health grant. The first year of her two-year project, “Parent Experiences of Continuing Pregnancy with Lethal Fetal Diagnosis,” received funding in the amount of $228,180.

Lethal fetal diagnoses (LFD) complicate approximately 2% of pregnancies, translating to 125,000 mothers/year in the U.S. alone. Learning a fetus has a condition incompatible with life outside the uterus devastates expectant parents.  Parents and care-givers who continue these pregnancies face multiple, complex needs and options. Grief-stricken and often in emotional and physical distress, they turn to their health care providers for guidance in navigating this difficult terrain. Unfortunately, health care providers have few evidence-based resources on how to provide that support.

To develop responsive health care services for this population, providers need more information about these parents’ experiences, needs, and responses. Cote-Arsenault aims to eliminate this information gap with her NIH study.

The project will follow sixteen LFD women and their spouses/partners/support persons over six to eight months. Using semi-structured interviews, Cote-Arsenault will gather data describing key LFD themes. These themes include parent experiences across the perinatal period, parent needs and responses regarding health care providers, and revision of parents’ psychological developmental tasks regarding pregnancy.

Using these findings, Cote-Arsenault will develop a perinatal care model that supports and addresses LFD parent needs.