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Training program in psychosocial intervention for high-risk infants and their families

  • Barry M. Lester
  • Elaine C. Meyer
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Abstract

A multidisciplinary training program for psychosocial intervention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was developed. The purpose of the program was to train mental health and health care professionals in a psychosocial preventive intervention model for high-risk infants and their families throughout the infants' hospital course in the NICU. The program was divided into modules that include assessment and intervention with the infant, parents, family, and larger caregiving environment. Over a 3-year period 40 trainees from 9 disciplines were trained. A randomized clinical trial was conducted which showed the positive effects of the intervention. A clinical service including inpatient and outpatient follow-up has been established in the NICU based on the psychosocial model developed from the training program.

Key words

training family-based psychosocial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit preterm high-risk infant multidisciplinary 

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References

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry M. Lester
    • 1
  • Elaine C. Meyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Women & Infants' Hospital, and E. P. Bradley HospitalBrown University School of MedicineProvidence

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