Parent-infant separation is a major source of stress for parents of hospitalized preterm infants and has negative consequences for infant health and development. Family Integrated Care (FICare) uses a strengths-based approach, based on family-centered care principles to promote parental empowerment, learning, shared decision making, and positive parent-infant caregiving experiences. Outcomes of FICare include increased self-efficacy upon discharge and improved parent-infant relationships and infant developmental outcomes. In this article, the authors describe the FICare model and emerging evidence regarding outcomes of FICare for infants and families and discuss challenges and opportunities in implementing and maintaining high-quality FICare.
Keywords: Family integrated care; Family-centered care; Neonatal intensive care unit; Parent; Preterm infant.
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