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The relationship between maternal needs and priorities in a neonatal intensive care environment.
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PMID:  11784399     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the nature and organization of maternal needs and priorities in a neonatal unit. BACKGROUND: The relationship between maternal needs and priorities appears to be an under studied area in neonatal nursing. METHODS: A quantitative survey was carried out based on 209 mothers with premature infants. Two self-assessment schedules were used: critical care maternal needs inventory (J. Leske, Heart and Lung 15, 27-42) and a ranking scale. The data were analysed with multivariate analysis. FINDINGS: Data analysis revealed clear priorities in maternal needs. In particular the need for accurate infant related information was a priority for 93% of the mothers. Good communication practices with professionals were also valued. The mothers displayed altruistic behaviour, and self-related needs took second place. It is proposed that maternal needs demonstrate a hierarchical organization. CONCLUSION: It is important for nurses to consider the individual needs of the mothers, simply because the satisfaction of these needs is essential for maternal well-being.
M M Bialoskurski; C L Cox; R D Wiggins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0309-2402     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-10     Completed Date:  2002-02-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  62-9     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
St Bartholomew's School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / organization & administration*
Mothers* / psychology
Multivariate Analysis
Needs Assessment*
Neonatal Nursing / methods*
Professional-Family Relations*
Social Support

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