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Parents of premature babies get confidence boost

Press release issued: 14 March 2016

Parents of premature babies get confidence boost from home-from-hospital project.

Researchers from the University of Bristol have found new parents benefit from help to prepare them to bring their premature babies home from hospital.  More than 90 per cent of babies born at 27 weeks or more gestation survive, and are later discharged home. Many will have stayed in neonatal intensive care and in high dependency and special care units.

The team was led by Professor Peter Fleming and Dr Jenny Ingram, was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, with published results in The BMJOpen

Paper: ‘Does family-centred neonatal discharge planning reduce healthcare usage? A before and after study in South West England’ by Ingram et al in The BMJ Open.

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