The Take A Breath Research Program (TAB)

The Take A Breath (TAB) research program investigates the prevalence, trajectories and determinants of distress reactions in parents of children (aged 0–18 years) recently diagnosed with a serious childhood illness or injury (SCII), and evaluates an intervention designed to prevent more serious long-term mental health difficulties.

Parental psychological adaption to their child’s SCII has been identified as a significant predictor of child and family psychosocial adjustment both in the short and longer term. A substantive body of descriptive research has established that posttraumatic stress symptoms and other psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety are experienced by a significant subset of parents who have a child with a SCII.

Study Summary
Study name The Take A Breath Research Program
Study abbreviation TAB
Current principal investigator/s Vicki Anderson
Frank Muscara
Jan Nicholson
Meredith Rayner
Maria McCarthy
Kylie Burke
Current project manager

Frank Muscara

Primary Institution/s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute - MCRI
Collaborating Institution/s The Royal Children’s Hospital - RCH
La Trobe University
Parenting Research Centre
University of Queensland
Major funding source/s The Pratt Foundation
Department of Health and Human Services
The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation - RCHF
Study website https://www.mcri.edu.au/research/projects/take-breath
Key reference for study
Study focus

Cohort: Investigating the prevalence, trajectories and determinants of parent distress reactions.
RCT: Evaluating the effectiveness of the TAB intervention at reducing parental distress and preventing more serious long-term mental health difficulties.

Sampling frame

Parents of children admitted to 4 different Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne, Australia) departments: Oncology, Cardiology, Neurology, and Intensive Care.

Primary study type Longitudinal cohort
Year commenced

2011

Is this study ongoing? No - the study is complete
Year study ended 2017
Ongoing recruitment? No
Sample size (N)

Cohort: 194; RCT: 231

Survey data available? Yes
Imaging data available? No
Linkage to administrative dataset/s? Yes, linkage to (at least one) administrative dataset completed
Biosamples available? No
Are data available to others outside study team, with appropriate safeguards and structures in line with the cohort’s ethics and governance processes? No
Are there any costs associated with data/sample access for approved requests? There are usually no costs associated with access
Broadest type of participant consent available Extended consent (can be used for future ethically approved research related to this project)
Study Contacts
Principal investigator/s Vicki Anderson
Frank Muscara
Jan Nicholson
Meredith Rayner
Maria McCarthy
Kylie Burke
Project manager

Frank Muscara

Study Contact

Phone: +613 9936 6653
Email: takeabreath@mcri.edu.au
Address: Child Neuropsychology
West level 4
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
The Royal Children’s Hospital
50 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052