OC47 - NICUs and Family-Centred Care, From the Leadership to the Design, the Results of a Survey in Italy (By FCC Italian NICU Study Group)

Nurs Child Young People. 2016 May 9;28(4):86. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.28.4.86.s78.


Theme: Leadership, management, nursing education.

Introduction: Family-centered care (FCC) in NICUs is related to staff culture and the organization of the unit.

Aim: To describe the organizational characteristics and services for families in Italian NICUs.

Methods: This survey involved 105 NICUs in Italy. The Italian version of the 'FCC in the NICUs: A Self-Assessment Inventory' developed by the Institute for FCC was sent to the nurse managers in January 2015.

Results: Forty-seven NICUs answered (49%). The means of the NICU characteristics are number of beds: 20; newborns discharged/year: 331, of which very low birth weight infant: 68; unit's rooms: 3.7). The total mean score of the 10 areas explored by questionnaire was 2.6 (on 5 points Likert scale) for the 'status' and of 2.3 (on 3 points scale) for priority for change.

Conclusion: The results show an organizational lack, but also the consciousness of the need of change. Sharing new organizational strategies could be an important issue for the future.

Keywords: Family-centred care; NICU environment.; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) design; health care quality.

MeSH terms

  • Family
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / methods*
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / organization & administration
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / statistics & numerical data
  • Italy
  • Leadership
  • Male
  • Nurse Administrators / standards
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Patient-Centered Care / standards
  • Patient-Centered Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • Quality of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires