Mental Health Symptoms in Parents of Infants Three Months Post-discharge From Neonatal Cardiac Surgery

Author(s): Amy J. Lisanti, PhD, RN, CCNS, Ryan Quinn, MPH, Jesse L. Chittams, MS, Megan Laubacher, Barbara Medoff-Cooper, PhD, RN, and Abigail C. Demianczyk, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jan 02, 2027

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Cardiovascular

Population: Neonatal

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Parents of newborns with congenital heart disease (CHD) are at risk for anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress. Few studies have examined whether modifiable factors that influence parents’ mental health after discharge are present during postoperative care in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU). This study describes the mental health symptoms of parents of infants with CHD 3 months after PCICU discharge and determines factors during the PCICU stay that are predictors of such symptoms.


  • Identify stressors experienced during their infant’s recovery from cardiac surgery that elicit mental health symptoms in some parents.
  • Describe parental role alteration as a key modifiable stressor influencing anxiety, depressive, and post-traumatic stress symptoms.
  • Describe potential interventions to augment the role of parents in the PCICU to mitigate parent mental health symptoms.

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