Table 1 Responses from the HM Coroners/Coroner’s Officers regarding contacting parents for research
Those who granted permission to contact parents (n = 32)
    Very important research/will give full support6
    No comments, but agree for research team to contact parents25
    Often have parents requesting that a full autopsy is not performed1
    and this research would be beneficial for such parents
Those who declined permission to contact parents (n = 44)
    HM Coroner too busy/not available/autopsy had to be34
    done within 4 h of arrival in hospital
    Inappropriate to contact bereaved parents soon after death5
    Parents won’t understand the research3
    Not appropriate to ask parents to consent twice, as the2
    HM Coroner’s Officer will be taking tissue research consent later