Neuroprotective Core Measure 2

Partnering with Families - Exploratory Study on Web-camera Viewing of Hospitalized Infants and the Effect on Parental Stress, Anxiety, and Bonding

Sarah Rhoads, Angela Green, Anita Mitchell, Christian E. Lynch

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine and describe potential relationships between total web-camera viewing of hospitalized infants, parental stress, anxiety, and bonding scores. Forty-two parents with a hospitalized infant that used web-cameras participated. Measures of stress, anxiety, and bonding were administered at baseline, one week, and two weeks after web-camera use was initiated. Four open-ended questions provided qualitative data. No significant relationship was found between anxiety or bonding and the minutes viewing the infant over web-camera. There was a correlation between Parental Stressor Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and minutes viewing the infant and maximum minutes viewing all three times. Qualitative data provided three themes: parents preferred to be in person versus web-camera, overall positive impact on stress and anxiety, and parents want to be with their baby to bond. This pilot study provides an initial exploration of the implications of web-camera use in the NICU environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number50617
Pages (from-to)104-110
Number of pages7
JournalNewborn and Infant Nursing Reviews
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Object Attachment

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Neuroprotective Core Measure 2 : Partnering with Families - Exploratory Study on Web-camera Viewing of Hospitalized Infants and the Effect on Parental Stress, Anxiety, and Bonding. / Rhoads, Sarah; Green, Angela; Mitchell, Anita; Lynch, Christian E.

In: Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, Vol. 15, No. 3, 50617, 01.09.2015, p. 104-110.

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