TABLE 3.

Methods Used to Notify and Consult With the Community From Which the Subjects Will Be Drawn

  • Two focus groups with the parents of children who were admitted to the PICU

  • Two focus groups with the parents of children who were resuscitated from cardiac arrest

  • Letters mailed to the parents of all children who were resuscitated from cardiac arrest between January 2000 and June 2002, with follow-up telephone calls at least 1 wk later, clearly indicating the opportunity to provide comments

  • Notices describing a trial of induced hypothermia with an exception from informed consent posted in areas of high PICU parent traffic and clearly indicating the opportunity to provide comments

  • Handout describing the study distributed to the parents of all children who were admitted to the PICU on 2 separate occasions, clearly indicating the opportunity to provide comments