Title

Emotional Distress in Mothers of Preterm Hospitalized Infants: a Feasibility Trial of Nurse-Delivered Treatment.

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

12-1-2013

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Perinatol

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association

PubMed ID

23949835

DOI of Published Version

10.1038/jp.2013.93

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.

Keywords

Adult, Anxiety, Depression, Postpartum, Feasibility Studies, Female, Gestational Age, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Premature, Intensive Care Units, Neonatal, Mothers, Psychotherapy, Socioeconomic Factors, Stress, Psychological, Young Adult

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1965