Infant end-of-life care: the parents' perspective

Title

Infant end-of-life care: the parents' perspective

Creator

Brosig CL; Pierucci RL; Kupst MJ; Leuthner SR

Publisher

Journal Of Perinatology

Date

2007

Subject

location of death

Description

Objective:The purpose of this study was to identify factors important to parents in their infant's end-of-life care.Study Design:Participants were parents (n=19 families) whose infant (less than 1 year old) had died. Parents completed the Revised Grief Experience Inventory (RGEI) and a semi-structured interview regarding their infant's end-of-life care. Interviews were rated using the Post-Death Adaptation Scale (PDAS).Results:Parents scored significantly lower than the normative sample on the RGEI, and PDAS scores suggested that these parents were adapting positively. Parent interviews identified the aspects of care that were important to parents: honesty, empowered decision-making, parental care, environment, faith/trust in nursing care, physicians bearing witness and support from other hospital care providers.Conclusions:Results of this study suggest that parents can effectively cope following the death of an infant and the medical staff can do much to improve the end-of-life care for infants and their families.Journal of Perinatology advance online publication, 19 April 2007; doi:10.1038/sj.jp.7211755.
2007

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Citation

Brosig CL; Pierucci RL; Kupst MJ; Leuthner SR, “Infant end-of-life care: the parents' perspective,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed January 19, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14310.

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