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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Jul;17(3):226-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2012.00337.x. Epub 2012 May 29.

17-year outcome of preterm infants with diverse neonatal morbidities: Part 1--Impact on physical, neurological, and psychological health status.

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University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing/Kingston, Rhode Island, USA. mcsullivan@uri.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to comprehensively examine physical, neurological, and psychological health in a U.S. sample of 180 infants at age 17.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

The World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health model framed the health-related domains and contextual factors. Assessments included growth, chronic conditions, neurological status, and psychological health.

RESULTS:

Physical health, growth, and neurological outcomes were poorer in the preterm groups. Minor neurological impairment was related to integrative function. Preterm survivors reported higher rates of depression, anxiety, and inattention/hyperactivity.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Complex health challenges confront preterm survivors at late adolescence, suggesting the necessity of continued health surveillance.

PMID:
22734876
PMCID:
PMC3385002
DOI:
10.1111/j.1744-6155.2012.00337.x
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