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Neonatal nurses beliefs about almost continuous parent-infant skin-to-skin contact in neonatal intensive care
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics in Linköping.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3256-5407
University of Florida, FL USA; Case Western Reserve University, OH 44106 USA.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 24, no 17-18, 2620-2627 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aims and objectivesTo describe what nurses believe about almost continuous skin-to-skin contact for preterm infants between 32(0)-36(0)weeks gestation. BackgroundSkin-to-skin contact a few hours per day has become standard care for preterm infants in most high-technology neonatal intensive care units. However, few units practice Kangaroo Mother Care which involves almost continuous skin-to-skin contact. DesignA qualitative descriptive design. MethodsAn online questionnaire with open-ended questions was administered to 129 nurses at three neonatal units. Data were analysed with qualitative content analysis. FindingsNurses believed they would lose control because of limited access to the infant and would not be able to provide adequate care. Nurses also believed that mothers practicing almost continuous skin-to-skin contact would feel trapped and would experience stress if they could not meet the demands of the method. ConclusionsAlthough the nurses can describe several of the documented benefits of almost continuous skin-to-skin contact, an underuse continues to exist. Relevance for clinical practiceBeliefs described by the nurses are important to consider and resolve if the goal is to implement and provide Kangaroo Mother Care.

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WILEY-BLACKWELL , 2015. Vol. 24, no 17-18, 2620-2627 p.
Keyword [en]
attitudes; neonatal nursing; preterm; skin-to-skin care; stress
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121431DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12877ISI: 000360455600031PubMedID: 25988952OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-121431DiVA: diva2:855128
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Funding Agencies|County Council of Ostergotland; South Sweden Nursing Society (SSSH); Halsofonden; Linkoping University

Available from: 2015-09-18 Created: 2015-09-18 Last updated: 2016-05-04

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