Supporting the Development of Preterm Newborns

Principal Investigator(s): Lisa McElaney, MFA; Allison C. Morrill, PhD, JD
Funding Agency: NIH / NICHD
Dates: 08/01/02 – 02/29/2008
Reference: 5R44HD042313
Status: Phase I complete; Phase II complete
Abstract: In Supporting the Development of Preterm Newborns Vida Health Communications, Inc. will produce and evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated set of modular DVD programs for parents of premature infants and professionals working in neonatal intensive care settings. Program developers will use state-of-the-art, miniature camera equipment and emerging brain imaging technologies to teach about: the fetal and neonatal brain; the neurobehavioral competencies of preterm infants; and specific care strategies to support the development of premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Over 400,000 infants are born prematurely in the U.S. each year. Over 50% are diagnosed with emotional, behavioral or learning disorders by the time they reach school age. There is no media training currently available to teach families and neonatal staff about individualized, developmental care in the NICU and the ways it is known to improve neurological outcomes of preterm infants. This information is expected to shape care delivery in the NICU and to help parents understand their infants’ competencies and vulnerabilities.
Findings: See final report
Product Information: See product page

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