OBJECTIVE:

This literature review focuses on information and communication needs of parents of children admitted to the NICU and on their use of information sources in the illness trajectories at NICU.
METHODS:

Literature search in 4 electronic databases (Ovid Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL and Sociological Abstracts), covering 1990-March 2008.
RESULTS:

The seventy-eight included articles revealed that NICU parents have high information needs. The illness trajectory mediates parental information needs and induces a changing pattern in information use and information needs. Most attention is paid to the prenatal and acute phases, while information behaviour in sudden events and later phases receives limited attention.
CONCLUSIONS:

In-depth studies on information needs and corresponding use of information sources are lacking. More longitudinal studies are needed, taking the illness trajectory into account and investigating the determinants and outcomes of the information and communication needs of NICU parents.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Healthcare professionals should adapt their information provision along the illness trajectory. The development of guidelines of information provision during the illness trajectory at NICU would support all professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-173
Number of pages14
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume76
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

    Research areas

  • Access to information, Communication, Education, Intensive care units, neonatal, Neonatal, Parents

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