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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / organization & administration
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Male
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Ontario
  • Parents*
  • Students, Medical*
  • Teaching Rounds*
  • Tertiary Care Centers