La comunicazione in terapia intensiva neonatale: opinioni dei genitori e del personale sanitario a confronto.

Translated title of the contribution: Communication in the neonatal intensive therapy unit: the opinions of parents and of medical personnel compared

M. Cuttini, P. Romito, M. Del Santo, V. Chiandotto, B. Dalla Barba, G. Frigieri, R. Zanini

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Abstract

Within the framework of an European international project, the issue of parents-staff communication in Neonatal Intensive Care Units was explored. 5 Italian unit participated in the project. 80 mothers and 62 fathers of singleton, not malformed, very low birthweight babies were interviewed during the fourth week of their baby's life, while the views of the health personnel (60 doctors and 106 nurses) were collected through an anonymous, self-administered questionnaire. Most of the staff feels that parents should be informed completely about their baby's conditions and prognosis, while the actual practices about transmission of information are reported differently according to professional status: more nurses than doctors feel that the information is not as complete as it should be. Uncertainty of prognosis is the most commonly quoted reason for restricting the information. Parents, on the other hand, are generally satisfied about the information received, although some of them complain about the style of communication, and especially the need to ask repeatedly in order to be informed. These results show some of the gaps existing in communication both within the staff and with parents, and suggest possible ways of improvement.

Translated title of the contributionCommunication in the neonatal intensive therapy unit: the opinions of parents and of medical personnel compared
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)325-329
Number of pages5
JournalPediatria Medica e Chirurgica
Volume16
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Cuttini, M., Romito, P., Del Santo, M., Chiandotto, V., Dalla Barba, B., Frigieri, G., & Zanini, R. (1994). La comunicazione in terapia intensiva neonatale: opinioni dei genitori e del personale sanitario a confronto. Pediatria Medica e Chirurgica, 16(4), 325-329.