Journal article

Early communication in preterm infants following intervention in the NICU

Jeannette Milgrom, Carol Newnham, Paul R Martin, Peter J Anderson, Lex W Doyle, Rod W Hunt, Thomas M Achenbach, Carmel Ferretti, Christopher J Holt, Terrie E Inder, Alan W Gemmill



BACKGROUND: Despite ongoing improvements in clinical care, preterm infants experience a variety of stressors in the first weeks of life, including necessary medical procedures, which may affect development. Some stress-reduction programmes based in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have reported a positive impact on development. In particular, trials of the Mother-Infant Transaction Program (MITP) have shown positive short and longer term effects, and are based on training parents to recognise and minimise stress responses in preterm infants. AIMS: To evaluate the impact on early developmental milestones of an enhanced MITP (PremieStart) delivered over an extended period in the NICU. S..

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Awarded by National Health & Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the families who took part in this study. The work was supported by a Project Grant from the National Health & Medical Research Council (ID: 364902). The funding body had no role in the study design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; or in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. Dr Justin Biltsza generated the secure allocation schedule and translated it to sequentially numbered sealed envelopes. Thanks also to Dr Anne-Catherine Rolland, Merilyn Bear and to the hospital staff who made the study possible.