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A meta-ethnographic synthesis of fathers’ experiences of the neonatal intensive care unit environment during hospitalization of their premature infants

Sisson, Helen; Jones, Catriona; Williams, Rhona; Lachanudis, Lisa

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Mrs Catriona Jones C.Jones@hull.ac.uk
Senior Research Fellow in Maternal and Reproductive Health/ Lecturer in Midwifery

Miss Rhona Williams Rhona.Williams@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer/ Member of Athena SWAN for the Faculty of Health Sciences

Miss Lisa Lachanudis L.Lachanudis@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer in Midwifery and Programme Director for Professional Midwifery Advocate

Abstract

Objective: To undertake a synthesis of existing qualitative findings about fathers’ experiences of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) environment. Data Sources: Relevant key terms including preterm, father, and NICU were used to search the databases of CINAHL Plus, Academic Search Premier, MEDLINE and PsychInfo. Study Selection: Only primary qualitative studies were included. Papers were excluded which did not focus on the NICU environment. Data Extraction: Twenty-four studies were included. All authors critically appraised and extracted data relating to fathers’ experiences in the NICU using an agreed data extraction form. Data Synthesis: Primarily guided by Noblit and Hare (1988), the study findings were synthesized by translating the initial concepts and findings from an identified key paper into the data from the remaining 23 studies. Initially this was done separately by each author followed by further group discussion and synthesis. Emergent themes were proximity, parental autonomy, vulnerability, communication and exclusion and isolation. Conclusions: The needs of fathers to interact and be involved with their infants care is a prominent factor enhancing their experiences in the NICU. Staff in the NICU can play a key role in facilitating this interaction through encouragement and reassurance.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-07
Journal Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, & neonatal nursing
Print ISSN 0884-2175
Electronic ISSN 1552-6909
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 4
Pages 471-480
Institution Citation Sisson, H., Jones, C., Williams, R., & Lachanudis, L. (2015). A meta-ethnographic synthesis of fathers’ experiences of the neonatal intensive care unit environment during hospitalization of their premature infants. Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN, 44(4), 471-480. https://doi.org/10.1111/1552-6909.12662
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1552-6909.12662
Keywords Fathers, NICU, Experiences, Meta-ethnography
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0884217515318190
Additional Information This is a description of an article which has been published in: Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing, 2015, v.44, issue 4. Full text not available in this repository.

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