Home phototherapy for neonatal jaundice--technology and teamwork meeting consumer and service need

Aust Health Rev. 2000;23(2):162-8. doi: 10.1071/ah000162.


32 babies with uncomplicated physiological jaundice received home phototherapy from a hospital/community team in southern Brisbane. All babies showed acceptable reductions in their serum bilirubin on home therapy, and none required hospital re-admission for phototherapy. Their families were highly satisfied with the home program, and recorded high levels of confidence in their therapeutic responsibilities. Community providers were able to deliver a high quality 24-hour service, integrated with appropriate neonatology support. The cost of delivering the home program was significantly less than a comparable hospital stay.

MeSH terms

  • Bilirubin / blood
  • Community Health Nursing / economics
  • Community Health Nursing / organization & administration
  • Community Health Nursing / standards*
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Jaundice, Neonatal / therapy*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Phototherapy / economics
  • Phototherapy / nursing*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation
  • Queensland
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Bilirubin