The hospitalization of one's infant is a stressful situation that can lead to decreased bonding and poor health outcomes. This longitudinal comparative design study examined the effects of neonatal palliative care (PC) consultation on stress levels and satisfaction scores of parents of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) infants. Clinical data was abstracted from the medical record. Demographic data, stress scores, and satisfaction reports were obtained via self-report.
Mean stress scores indicated most parents experienced moderate stress due to NICU hospitalization. Some parents met diagnostic criteria for acute stress disorder. While all parents expressed satisfaction with care received; PC parents were extremely satisfied with care. No statistically significant differences in stress or satisfaction scores were noted between parents who received PC consultation and those who did not. Study conclusions validate previous research regarding NICU parent stress and show that additional quantitative and qualitative research regarding NICU palliative care is warranted.
|Advisor:||Singh-Carlson, Savitri W.|
|Commitee:||Goebel, Joy, Wallace, Joetta|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health sciences, Nursing, Physiological psychology|
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