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Parents’ Responses to Stress in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Morgan Busse, RN, BSN, Kayleigh Stromgren, RN, BSN, Lauren Thorngate, RN, CCRN, Karen A. Thomas, RN, PhD

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP B: 1.00

Expires Aug 01, 2017

Topics: FamilyCenteredCare

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Activity Summary

Parents’ stress resulting from hospitalization of their infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) produces emotional and behavioral responses. The National Institutes of Health–sponsored Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) offers a valid and efficient means of assessing parents’ responses.


  • Examine effects of parental stress
  • Discuss the use of the PROMIS instruments
  • Describe interventions to reduce parental stress

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