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User feedback is an important element of health-service evaluation and can be used to improve services but can be difficult to obtain, particularly in acute care situations. As part of a national study, we explored stakeholders’ perspectives on paediatric critical care retrieval processes through questionnaires and interviews. Obtaining feedback in a highly charged, stressful and busy paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) environment is fraught with difficulties so we aimed to optimise each stage of data collection by being both proactive and reactive. Patient and public involvement occurred throughout and engagement with sites and supporting local research staff to approach and recruit families were prioritised. High-quality study materials were developed to reduce local staff burden and promote and maintain study awareness. We describe strategies used and what worked/did not work. We suggest approaches for optimising elicitation of parents’ experiences in difficult circumstances, highlighting the importance of engagement and commitment of PICU staff.

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Journal of patient experience

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