Anna Axelin, Turku University Helle Haslund, Aalborg Universitetshospital Rakel Jonsdottir, University of Iceland
Feeling well-supported and having someone to share experiences with are of vital importance for parents of infants cared for in neonatal units. Grandparents and friends may constitute the most important people for support and sharing. However, few neonatal units allow significant others onto the units without restrictions. The aims of this study are to (i) explore staffs’ experiences and attitudes about presence and involvement of significant others, (ii) to explore and identify what parents want and need from their significant others during hospitalization of their infant, and (iii) construct a tool comprising items indicating parents’ needs for involvement by significant others. The first phase (i and ii) has a qualitative design, enabling us to explore staffs’ experiences and attitudes about presence and involvement of significant others, and to explore what parents want and need from their significant others during hospitalization of their infant. We will conduct the studies in neonatal units in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
Health and Social Welfare
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