Participant Experiences in a Breastmilk Biomonitoring Study: A Qualitative Assessment


Show simple item record Wu, Nerissa en_US McClean, Michael D en_US Brown, Phil en_US Aschengrau, Ann en_US Webster, Thomas F en_US 2011-12-29T22:41:33Z 2011-12-29T22:41:33Z 2009 en_US 2009-2-18 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Wu, Nerissa, Michael D McClean, Phil Brown, Ann Aschengrau, Thomas F Webster. "Participant experiences in a breastmilk biomonitoring study: A qualitative assessment" 8:4. (2009) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1476-069X en_US
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Biomonitoring studies can provide information about individual and population-wide exposure. However they must be designed in a way that protects the rights and welfare of participants. This descriptive qualitative study was conducted as a follow-up to a breastmilk biomonitoring study. The primary objectives were to assess participants' experiences in the study, including the report-back of individual body burden results, and to determine if participation in the study negatively affected breastfeeding rates or duration. METHODS: Participants of the Greater Boston PBDE Breastmilk Biomonitoring Study were contacted and asked about their experiences in the study: the impact of study recruitment materials on attitudes towards breastfeeding; if participants had wanted individual biomonitoring results; if the protocol by which individual results were distributed met participants' needs; and the impact of individual results on attitudes towards breastfeeding. RESULTS: No participants reported reducing the duration of breastfeeding because of the biomonitoring study, but some responses suggested that breastmilk biomonitoring studies have the potential to raise anxieties about breastfeeding. Almost all participants wished to obtain individual results. Although several reported some concern about individual body burden, none reported reducing the duration of breastfeeding because of biomonitoring results. The study literature and report-back method were found to mitigate potential negative impacts. CONCLUSION: Biomonitoring study design, including clear communication about the benefits of breastfeeding and the manner in which individual results are distributed, can prevent negative impacts of biomonitoring on breastfeeding. Adoption of more specific standards for biomonitoring studies and continued study of risk communication issues related to biomonitoring will help protect participants from harm. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2009 Wu et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. en_US
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dc.title Participant Experiences in a Breastmilk Biomonitoring Study: A Qualitative Assessment en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1476-069X-8-4 en_US
dc.identifier.pubmedid 19226469 en_US
dc.identifier.pmcid 2649062 en_US

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