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Parent's Confidence as a Caregiver.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22668692     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: : The purpose of this study was to describe the parent's self-reported confidence as a caregiver. The specific research questions were as follows:
SUBJECTS: : Participants were parents of infants with an anticipated discharge date within 5 days. Inclusion criteria were as follows: parent at least 18 years of age, infant's discharge destination is home with the parent, parent will have primary responsibility for the infant after discharge, and the infant's length of stay in the NICU was a minimum of 10 days.
DESIGN/METHOD: : Descriptive, survey research.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: : Participants perceived themselves to be confident in all but 2 caregiving activities when caring for their infants in the NICU, but parents projected a change in their level of confidence in their ability to independently complete infant care activities at home.
PRINCIPAL RESULTS: : When comparing the self-reported level of confidence in the NICU and the projected level of confidence at home, the levels of confidence decreased for 5 items, increased for 8 items, and remained unchanged for 2 items. All of the items with a decrease in score were the items with the lowest score when performed in the NICU. All of these low-scoring items are caregiving activities that are unique to the post-NICU status of the infant. Interestingly, the parent's projected level of confidence increased for the 8 items focused on handling and interacting with the infant.
CONCLUSIONS: : The findings of this research provide evidence that nurses may need to rethink when parents become active participants in their infant's medical-based caregiving activities.
Deborah A Raines; Judith Brustad
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1536-0911     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Neonatal Care     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101125644     Medline TA:  Adv Neonatal Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  183-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Palm Healthcare Pavilion, West Palm Beach, Florida.
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