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J Perinatol. 2014 Feb;34(2):143-8. doi: 10.1038/jp.2013.144. Epub 2013 Nov 7.

Views of parents and health-care providers regarding parental presence at bedside rounds in a neonatal intensive care unit.

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1] Department of Pediatrics, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada [2] Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, ON, Canada.
2
Department of Pediatrics, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the views of parents and health-care providers regarding parental presence during neonatal intensive care rounds.

STUDY DESIGN:

Cross-sectional survey of parents whose children were admitted to a tertiary-care neonatal intensive care unit (n=81). Medical trainees (n=67) and nurses (n=28) were also surveyed.

RESULT:

The majority of parents reported that attending rounds reduced their anxiety and increased their confidence in the health-care team. Nurses were more likely than medical trainees to support parental presence at rounds (P=0.02). About three-quarters of medical trainees and nurses thought discussion is inhibited and 69% of trainees felt teaching is decreased when parents attend rounds.

CONCLUSION:

Most parents who attended rounds found the experience beneficial, but medical trainees' views were mixed. The positive impact on parents, and the learning opportunities created in family-centered care and communication when parents are present on rounds, should be highlighted for trainees and other neonatal intensive care personnel.

PMID:
24202296
DOI:
10.1038/jp.2013.144
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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