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. 2018 Feb;38(2):142-147.
doi: 10.1038/jp.2017.160. Epub 2017 Oct 19.

Parental Assessment of Comfort in Newborns Affected by Life-Limiting Conditions Treated by a Standardized Neonatal Comfort Care Program

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Parental Assessment of Comfort in Newborns Affected by Life-Limiting Conditions Treated by a Standardized Neonatal Comfort Care Program

E Parravicini et al. J Perinatol. .

Abstract

Objective: To assess the perception of parents concerning the state of comfort maintained in their infants born with life-limiting conditions and treated by a standardized neonatal comfort care program.

Study design: Participants were parents (n=35 families) who elected comfort care for their newborns diagnosed with life-limiting conditions. Standardized comfort measures including family/infant bonding, warmth, nutrition/hydration and pain/discomfort management were provided to all infants. Parents consented to receive a questionnaire with quantitative response options and open-ended questions.

Results: Forty-two questionnaires (26 from mothers and 16 from fathers) were collected and analyzed. Most parents reported that their child was treated with respect, in a caring, peaceful and non-invasive environment. To the question 'Do you think that overall your baby received comfort' mode response was 'always'.

Conclusion: Parents of infants with life-limiting conditions perceive that their babies experience comfort as a result of the care provided by the standardized Neonatal Comfort Care Program.

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