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Emotional distress in mothers of preterm hospitalized infants: a feasibility trial of nurse-delivered treatment
Journal of Perinatology (2013)
  • Lisa S Segre, PhD, University of Iowa
  • Rebecca Chuffo-Siewert, DNP, University of Iowa
  • Rebecca L Brock, PhD, University of Iowa
  • Michael W O'Hara, PhD, University of Iowa
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Mothers of preterm infants in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are at risk for clinically significant depression and anxiety, but for these women their own treatment is likely a secondary priority. This study evaluated the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of an evidence-based, nurse-delivered, on-site depression treatment: listening visits (LVs). STUDY DESIGN: Therapeutic LVs were delivered on site to 23 distressed mothers of NICU infants. The intervention was conducted by a neonatal nurse practitioner and the outcome was examined in an open-trial, pre-post evaluation. RESULT: A part-time nurse practitioner delivered six LVs to each participant within a 1-month time frame. LVs were associated with significantly improved mood and well-being in mothers. The majority of eligible women took advantage of LVs and felt satisfied with their care. CONCLUSION: This open trial provides ‘proof-of-concept’, with results that warrant further evaluation in a multisite randomized controlled trial.
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Lisa S Segre, Rebecca Chuffo-Siewert, Rebecca L Brock and Michael W O'Hara. "Emotional distress in mothers of preterm hospitalized infants: a feasibility trial of nurse-delivered treatment" Journal of Perinatology Vol. 33 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lisa_segre/21/