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Support needs of parents of sick and/or preterm infants admitted to a neonatal unit

Tran, C., Medhurst, A. and O`Connell, B. 2008, Support needs of parents of sick and/or preterm infants admitted to a neonatal unit, in PSANZ 2008 : The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 12th Annual Scientific Congress, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, [Gold Coast, Qld.], doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2008.01298.x.

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Title Support needs of parents of sick and/or preterm infants admitted to a neonatal unit
Author(s) Tran, C.
Medhurst, A.
O`Connell, B.
Conference name Scientific Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (12th : 2008 : Gold Coast, Qld.)
Conference location Gold Coast, Qld.
Conference dates 20-23 Apr. 2008
Title of proceedings PSANZ 2008 : The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 12th Annual Scientific Congress
Publication date 2008
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication [Gold Coast, Qld.]
Summary Background: The sudden unexpected delivery of a preterm infant is a shock to parents with studies confirming the importance of providing them with nursing support. The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify the type and level of support that nurses provided to the parents of sick and/or preterm infants. It also investigated whether parents were satisfied with the support provided by nursing staff.
Method: A convenience sample of 112 parents in an Australian tertiary neonatal unit were invited to complete the ‘Nurse Parent Support Tool’ (NPST), which is a 21-item questionnaire. The NPST consists of four domains: emotional, informational, appraisal and instrumental support. A second tool was used to assess parents’ satisfaction with the nurse to parent support.
Results: Instrumental support had the highest mean score for both nurse to parent support at 4.51 (out of 5) and 4.36 (out of 5) for satisfaction. The mean score for nursing support was 4.21 followed by parental satisfaction with nurse to parent support which was 4.16. In contrast, emotional support had the lowest mean score for both nurse to parent support at 3.94 and 3.97 for satisfaction. Parents indicated that they needed further support with lactation, breastfeeding and assistance with parenting skills.
Conclusion: Overall, the results from the study indicated that parents’ perception of nursing support was positive and that parents were highly satisfied with the nursing support provided in the neonatal unit. However, some attention needs to be given to providing more support and information on breastfeeding and parenting skills.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2008.01298.x
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019177

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