Table 3

Parent concordant acceptability of a FEVER pilot trial mapped to Sekhon et al’s acceptability framework

Data collection methodAffective attitudeBurdenEthicalityIntervention coherenceOpportunity costsPerceived effectivenessSelf-efficacy
N=92/100 (92%) consented to taking part in the FEVER pilot RCT.Not collected at this time point.N=32/41 (79%) reported the belief that medical research studies are important.
N=42/48 (89.4%) satisfied with the RWPC process in the FEVER pilot RCT.
N=32/41 (78%) selected helping other children as a reason for taking part.
N=46/48 (96%) agreed that the information received about the FEVER pilot RCT was clear and straightforward to understand.‘My child is comfortable’ (P49, questionnaire, mother, permissive)N=30/41 (73.2%) selected helping my child as a reason for taking part:
‘So far recovering well. P21,mother,non-bereaved)
N=41(89.4%) felt hat they made the decision for their child to take part in the pilot trial.
Concerns about their child being in pain or discomfort and impact on pre-existing medical condition.
‘My son had too many underlying medical conditions and felt it may hinder his recovery as he was selected to the upper limit before treatment.’
(P73, questionnaire, father, permissive)
  • Key: shaded fields highlight potentially unacceptable aspects of the trial.

  • RCT, randomised control trial; RWPC, research without prior consent.