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Table 2 Comparison of parental characteristics between the two Neonatal Units (NNUs)

From: Factors influencing the uptake of neonatal bereavement support services – Findings from two tertiary neonatal centres in the UK

  NNU1 (n = 182) NNU2 (n = 115) p value
Parental relationship
Married/cohabiting 135 (74 %) 83 (72 %) 0.71^
Single 26 (14 %) 15 (13 %)
Unrecorded 21 (12 %) 17 (15 %)
Ethnicity
Asian 29 (16 %) 3 (3 %) <0.01^
African and Afro-Caribbean 54 (30 %) 4 (3 %)
Caucasian 79 (43 %) 92 (80 %)
Other 16 (9 %) 5 (4 %)
Not recorded 4 (2 %) 11 (10 %)
Socio economic distribution
Managers and Professionals 35 (19 %) 21 (18 %) <0.01^
Skilled workers 41 (23 %) 55 (48 %)
Unskilled workers 12 (7 %) 8 (7 %)
Not working 26 (14 %) 10 (9 %)
Unrecorded 68 (37 %) 21 (18 %)
Obstetric history
Conception (natural /assisted) 171/11 104/11 0.32^
No. of previous miscarriages/stillbirths + 0.6 (1.03) 0.3 (0.77) 0.03*
No. of previous neonatal deaths + 0.1 (0.1) 0.2 (0.2) 0.05¥
Parents attended bereavement counselling
Yes 111 (61 %) 38 (34 %) <0.01^
No 71 (39 %) 76 (66 %)
  1. *Wilcoxon signed rank test, ¥Fisher’s exact test, ^Chi square test
  2. +[mean (SD)], [number (%)]