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Enhancing Parents’ Well-Being after Preterm Birth—A Qualitative Evaluation of the “Transition to Home” Model of Care

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Department of Health Professions, Bern University of Applied Sciences, 3008 Bern, Switzerland
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Department of Paediatrics, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
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Insel Gruppe, Bern University Hospital, 3010 Bern, Switzerland
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Kantonale Schule für Berufsbildung, 5001 Aarau, Switzerland
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Tilman Humpl, Department of Paediatrics, St. Elisabethen-Krankenhaus, Kliniken des Landeskreises Lörrach, 79539 Lörrach, Germany
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Mathias Nelle, Children’s Hospital, Kreiskliniken Böblingen, 71302 Böblingen, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 4309; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074309
Received: 4 March 2022 / Revised: 31 March 2022 / Accepted: 1 April 2022 / Published: 4 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
There are few programs available aimed at preventing short- and long-term negative consequences after preterm birth and covering the entire care continuum. The “Transition to Home (TtH)” model is such a program, offering structured, individual support for families with preterm infants before and after hospital discharge. This study gathers and examines the parents’ views of receiving support from an interprofessional team under the TtH model of care during hospitalization and after discharge. Using a qualitative explorative design, 39 semi-structured interviews with parents were analyzed thematically. From this analysis, three main themes were identified: (1) TtH and the relevance of continuity of care; (2) Enhancement of parents’ autonomy and self-confidence; (3) Perception of interprofessional collaboration. Within these themes, the most relevant aspects identified were continuity of care and the appointment of a designated health care professional to anchor the entire care continuum. Emotional support complemented by non-medical approaches, along with strength-based and family resource-oriented communication, also emerged as key aspects. Continuous, family-centered care and well-organized interprofessional collaboration promote the well-being of the family after a premature birth. If the aspects identified in this study are applied, the transition from hospital to home will be smoothened for the benefit of affected families. View Full-Text
Keywords: preterm infant; parents; transitional care; early intervention; home visiting; qualitative research preterm infant; parents; transitional care; early intervention; home visiting; qualitative research
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Schuetz Haemmerli, N.; Stoffel, L.; Schmitt, K.-U.; Khan, J.; Humpl, T.; Nelle, M.; Cignacco, E. Enhancing Parents’ Well-Being after Preterm Birth—A Qualitative Evaluation of the “Transition to Home” Model of Care. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 4309. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074309

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Schuetz Haemmerli N, Stoffel L, Schmitt K-U, Khan J, Humpl T, Nelle M, Cignacco E. Enhancing Parents’ Well-Being after Preterm Birth—A Qualitative Evaluation of the “Transition to Home” Model of Care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(7):4309. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074309

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Schuetz Haemmerli, Natascha, Liliane Stoffel, Kai-Uwe Schmitt, Jeannine Khan, Tilman Humpl, Mathias Nelle, and Eva Cignacco. 2022. "Enhancing Parents’ Well-Being after Preterm Birth—A Qualitative Evaluation of the “Transition to Home” Model of Care" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 7: 4309. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074309

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