Journal article

Supporting Play, Exploration, and Early Development Intervention (SPEEDI) for preterm infants: A feasibility randomised controlled trial in an Australian context

Francyne Finlayson, Joy Olsen, Stacey C Dusing, Andrea Guzzetta, Abbey Eeles, Alicia Spittle

Early Human Development | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: An early intervention that enhances early development in infants born preterm, called 'Supporting Play, Exploration and Early Development Intervention' (SPEEDI) has been shown to be feasible in Virginia, United States, in a pilot study. Infants receive 10 therapy sessions until 3 months' corrected age (CA) (Phase 1[5 hospital sessions] and Phase 2[5 home-based sessions]) in addition to usual care. AIMS: To determine the feasibility of SPEEDI for very preterm infants in an Australian context. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial. SUBJECTS: Infants born <30 weeks' gestation (GA), recruited between 34 and 38+6 weeks' postmenstrual age. OUTCOME MEAS..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Council (Centre for Research Excellence 1060733); Career Development Fellowships (APP1159533 to AJS); The University of Melbourne School of Health Sciences; the Murdoch Children's Research Institute; and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.