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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-11

Nurture intervention on neurodevelopmental outcome among pre-term neonates: Application of child health assessment interaction model in nursing research

Associate Professor and Nurse Quality Coordinator, St. John's College of Nursing, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Ms. Monica Rita Hendricks
St. John's College of Nursing and St. John's Medical College Hospital, St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru - 560 034, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijcn.ijcn_37_21

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With scientific advances, the survival rate of pre-term babies has increased from 50% to 85%, but the quality of life, morbidity status and neurodevelopment outcomes still remain questionable. A high-quality mother–infant interaction facilitates the child's socio-emotional, behavioural, cognitive and physical development. Fostering nurture-maternal touch, eye-to-eye contact, vocal soothing, odour exchange and Kangaroo Mother Care, to those born too soon and are within neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) constraints forms the background of the research. This article demonstrates how Kathryn E Barnard's Child health assessment interaction model is applied to a nursing research that aims at understanding the effect of nurture on neurodevelopmental outcomes of pre-term neonates admitted to the NICU of a tertiary care hospital. The four main concepts of the model are discussed in terms of interdependency on each other. The theory also brings to the forefront the influence of each component on the outcome.

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