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Table 6 Themes and sub-themes identified by the thematic analysis of interviews with parents of infants who took part in the study

From: Very preterm infants engage in an intervention to train their control of attention: results from the feasibility study of the Attention Control Training (ACT) randomised trial

Decision to take part Proximal:
Contact by known gatekeeper (consultant or charity);
Sense of gratitude towards the gatekeeper;
Clarity of communication by research team.
Desire to help other families and preterm babies;
Interest in infants’ cognitive development.
Facilitators Extrinsic:
Staff being flexible and approachable;
Regular reminders from staff;
Manageable schedule;
Sessions conducted at home;
Assessing baby’s progress;
Baby enjoying the tasks
Obstacles Fitting lab visits with baby’s routines, as well as other practical challenges (e.g. arranging siblings’ child care; work patterns).
Baby’s sleep patterns and moods;
Maintaining infants’ concentration
Improvements Provision of exercise before long sitting sessions;
Provide meals or refreshments;
Minimise concerns about potential for infections.
More specific information about duration of training tasks.