The culture of research communication in neonatal intensive care units: key stakeholder perspectives

J Perinatol. 2021 Dec;41(12):2826-2833. doi: 10.1038/s41372-021-01220-5. Epub 2021 Oct 18.


Objective: To assess the perspectives of neonatologists, neonatal nurses, and parents on research-related education and communication practices in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Study design: Questionnaire circulated through interest groups and administered using the internet.

Results: 323 respondents responded to the survey. 52 were neonatologists, 188 were neonatal nurses, and 83 were parents of NICU graduates. Analysis was descriptive. Differences were noted between stakeholder groups with respect to whether current medications meet the needs of sick neonates, research as central to the mission of the NICU, availability of appropriate education/training for all members of the research team, and adequacy of information provided to parents before, during, and after a research study is completed.

Conclusion: Engagement of nurses and parents at all stages of NICU research is currently suboptimal; relevant good practices, including education, should be shared among neonatal units.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal*
  • Neonatologists
  • Nurses, Neonatal*
  • Parents