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Sensorimotor interventions improve growth and motor function in preterm infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21071361     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of an oral (O+O), a tactile/kinesthetic (T/K+T/K), and a combined (O+T/K) intervention on preterm infants' weight gain and motor function and to determine whether the combined O+T/K intervention has an additive/synergistic effect on outcomes.
DESIGN/SAMPLE: Seventy-five preterm infants were randomized into an O+O intervention consisting of oral stimulation, a T/K+T/K intervention involving whole body stimulation, an O+T/K intervention, and a control group. Interventions were administered for 15 minutes, twice a day, for ten days.
OUTCOMES: Weight gain, motor function.
RESULTS: The O+O and T/K+T/K groups had greater weight gain during the intervention period than did controls (p ≤.025). The T/K+T/K and O+T/K groups had better motor function than did controls (p ≤.017).
CONCLUSION: Single and combined interventions improved growth and motor function. The combined intervention, because of the shorter duration of each modality, did not lead to additive/synergistic effects, suggesting that the duration of the sensorimotor input is as important as its target in achieving defined outcomes.
Sandra Fucile; Erika G Gisel
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatal network : NN     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1539-2880     ISO Abbreviation:  Neonatal Netw     Publication Date:    2010 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-12     Completed Date:  2011-03-08     Revised Date:  2012-09-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503921     Medline TA:  Neonatal Netw     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  359-66     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Massage / methods*
Psychomotor Performance
Single-Blind Method
Weight Gain

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