Emotional Distress in Mothers of Preterm Hospitalized Infants: a Feasibility Trial of Nurse-Delivered Treatment.
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Journal of Perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association
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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.
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