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Failure of hearing screening in high-risk neonates does not increase parental anxiety.
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PMID:  23327442     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Abstract Objective. The aim of this study was to determine whether a failure of neonatal hearing screening affected the anxiety level of parents of high-risk infants. Methods. 288 parents of infants included in the neonatal hearing screening protocol of our Institution were tested with the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and with an open-question questionnaire investigating parents attitude to hearing problems in their child, done at the time of audiological follow-up. 105 were parents of high-risk infants who had been discharged from neonatal intensive care unit and 183 of low-risk infants discharged from well-baby nursery. Results. No differences in anxiety levels were seen between parents of high-risk infants passing and failing neonatal hearing screening using homogeneous case-control pairs. Additionally, no differences in level of anxiety were found between parents of high- and low-risk infants failing neonatal auditory screening. Conclusions. Failure of neonatal auditory screening does not affect the anxiety levels of parents of high-risk infants at post discharge from neonatal intensive care unit. This finding is a key factor to be considered when evaluating the costs and benefits of tests for universal neonatal hearing screening.
Authors:
A Suppiej; E Cainelli; De Benedittis M; E Rizzardi; Ps Bisiacchi; M Ermani; E Orzan; V Zanardo
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-4954     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136916     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Child Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, Paediatric University Hospital, Padua.
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