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Maternal perceptions of infant exercise in the neonatal intensive care unit.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19883474     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To identify important factors that influence mothers' perceptions of engaging in exercise with their preterm infants.
DESIGN: Qualitative, semistructured individual interviews.
SETTING: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
PARTICIPANTS: Thirteen mothers of preterm infants who were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
METHODS: Two researchers conducted interviews with mothers in English or Spanish. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed.
RESULTS: Mothers tended to view infant exercise as beneficial but feared for the safety of their infants. They perceived nurses as experts who could safely exercise their infants but feared that they themselves might harm their infants. Factors that influenced their beliefs included previous experiences with infant exercise and views regarding the fragility or the strength of their own infants. Mothers identified nurses, doctors, family members, and research studies as trusted sources of information on exercise efficacy and safety.
CONCLUSION: Understanding and addressing mothers' perceptions is a crucial component of a nursing intervention that teaches parents to do assisted exercises at home with their preterm infants.
Dana Gravem; Kimberley D Lakes; Lorena Teran; Julia Rich; Dan Cooper; Ellen Olshansky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1552-6909     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2009 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-03     Completed Date:  2010-01-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  527-33     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Conflict (Psychology)
Exercise Therapy / adverse effects,  education,  psychology*
Infant Care
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature* / physiology,  psychology
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Intensive Care, Neonatal
Middle Aged
Mothers / education,  psychology*
Neonatal Nursing
Nursing Assessment
Nursing Methodology Research
Qualitative Research
Grant Support

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