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Heart Lung. 2001 Jan-Feb;30(1):74-84.

Family-provider relationships and well-being in families with preterm infants in the NICU.

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  • Ohio State University College of Nursing, 1585 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purposes of this study were the following: (1) to describe maternal perceptions of family-provider relationships in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and (2) to examine associations between maternal perceptions of family-provider relationships in the NICU and well-being in families with preterm infants.

DESIGN:

The study's design was descriptive and correlational.

SETTING:

The study took place in 5 NICUs in midwestern United States.

PARTICIPANTS:

The study included 55 mothers of preterm infants hospitalized in the NICU.

MEASURES:

Self-report measures: the Family-Provider Relationships Instrument-NICU, Ryff's measure of psychologic well-being, and the General Scale of the Family Assessment Measure.

RESULTS:

Mothers of preterm infants who depicted their family's relationship with their child's primary health care providers in the NICU as positive and family-centered reported more satisfaction with the care received. In addition, these mothers expressed a greater willingness to seek help from health care providers. When mothers reported a discrepancy between what they wanted the family-provider relationships to be like and what they believed the relationship was like, they were less satisfied with care received. Mothers who wanted and believed they had positive family-centered relationships with providers were more satisfied with the care received and they reported higher levels of psychologic well-being.

CONCLUSION:

The nature of the relationships that families develop with health care providers in the NICU may have a profound influence on how individuals and families respond to the experience of having a preterm infant. Health care providers who incorporate the key elements of family-centered care into their practice can have a positive influence on well-being in families of preterm infants.

PMID:
11174370
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