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Parenting preterm infants: a meta-synthesis.
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PMID:  15775807     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To synthesize the findings of qualitative studies on parenting preterm infants and present a framework that will enable clinical nurses to provide better care. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A meta-ethnographic approach was used to synthesize the findings of 10 qualitative research studies that focused on parenting the preterm infant upon hospital discharge and on into the toddler years. RESULTS: Five themes of parenting preterm infants emerged: adapting to risk, protecting fragility, preserving the family, compensating for the past, and cautiously affirming the future. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Nurses provide expert care, anticipatory guidance, and education for NICU babies and families, but should also foster the inclusion of all family members in the NICU setting, provide opportunities for parental peer support, establish effective systems of continuity of care, and advocate for parents of preterms in policy-making arenas.
Martha K Swartz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0361-929X     ISO Abbreviation:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Publication Date:    2005 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-18     Completed Date:  2005-06-20     Revised Date:  2007-10-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605941     Medline TA:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-20     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Continuity of Patient Care / standards
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Mother-Child Relations
Neonatal Nursing* / education,  methods
Nurse-Patient Relations
Nursing Methodology Research
Parent-Child Relations
Parenting* / psychology
Parents / education
Time Factors

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