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Multisensory intervention improves physical growth and illness rates in Korean orphaned newborn infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14689459     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a multisensory intervention on the physical growth and health of Korean orphaned infants. Fifty-eight full-term infants were randomly assigned to a control (n = 28) or an experimental (n = 30) group within 14 days postbirth. In addition to receiving the routine orphanage care, infants in the experimental group received 15 min of auditory (female voice), tactile (massage), and visual (eye-to-eye contact) stimulation twice a day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks. Compared to the control group, the experimental group had gained significantly more weight and had larger increases in length and head circumference after the 4-week intervention period and at 6 months of age. In addition, the experimental group had significantly fewer illnesses and clinic visits. These data demonstrate that multisensory intervention in conjunction with human/social contact may be effective in facilitating growth for newborn infants placed in orphanages.
Tae Im Kim; Yeong Hee Shin; Rosemary C White-Traut
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in nursing & health     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0160-6891     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Nurs Health     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-22     Completed Date:  2004-02-18     Revised Date:  2006-07-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806136     Medline TA:  Res Nurs Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  424-33     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Res Nurs Health 26:424-433, 2003
Daejeon University, Daejeon, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Body Weight
Child Development*
Foster Home Care* / psychology
Health Status*
Infant Care / methods*
Infant, Newborn
Massage / methods
Physical Stimulation / methods

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