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Facilities for presence and provision of support to parents and significant others in neonatal units
School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Sweden.
School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Sweden; Centre for Clinical Research Dalarna, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. (PEARL - Pain in Early Life)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5996-2584
2019 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 108, no 12, p. 2186-2191Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Aim: To describe parental facilities for staying in neonatal units, visiting policies, and access to emotional support during hospitalization.

Methods: A cross‐sectional design was used in which a survey was presented to all neonatal units in Sweden; 34 out of 38 units participated (89%).

Results: The findings showed that in 50% of the units, parents could stay 24/7 for the infant's entire hospital stay. In 32% of the units, siblings could stay the night with their parents. Units had policies on restrictions for visits by siblings (80%), grandparents (59%), friends and relatives (71%). All units offered counselling to parents, and some units offered peer‐to‐peer groups (24%), diaries (35%), relaxation techniques (6%) or internet parental forums (6%). All units enabled parents to be at home with their infant and to visit the unit for check‐ups (35%) or to have staff visits at home (65%).

Conclusion: Facilities for parents to stay with their infant during hospitalization and to have significant others visit are good, but there is room for improvement. During the transitional phase to being at home, parents are facilitated in being at home before the infant is discharged and are supported by the unit, which must be considered beneficial for parents.

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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2019. Vol. 108, no 12, p. 2186-2191
Keywords [en]
emotion, neonatal care, parents, professional support, social support
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Nursing Pediatrics
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Pediatrics; Caring sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75424DOI: 10.1111/apa.14948ISI: 000484771100001PubMedID: 31350769OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-75424DiVA, id: diva2:1339345
Available from: 2019-07-29 Created: 2019-07-29 Last updated: 2019-11-22Bibliographically approved

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