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Discharge Planning Assessment of Family Needs

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00759213
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 25, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 17, 2012
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christiana Care Health Services

Brief Summary:

It is well established within pediatric and neonatal medicine that social and traditionally "non-medical" aspects of the home environment and conditions after discharge influence neonatal health both in the acute and long-term setting. Government programs and laws exist that are designed for the provision of basic pediatric health needs. Unfortunately, deficits in obtaining those services lead to preventable poor health outcomes. Hospital social workers and discharge planners are able to identify appropriate services, while lawyers are experts in ensuring those rights and services are actually obtained and delivered.

West Side Health of CCHS has implemented a medical-legal partnership along the pathways advocated by the Medical Legal Partnership for Children as part of their clinical care services. Before implementing a similar system in the NICU, a needs assessment will be performed first.

The purpose of this study is to determine what the health care team (physicians, nurses, social workers, discharge planners, etc) through our discharge planning practice establishes as the legal needs. We will collect information which is normally collected by the health care team as a part of their usual care and assessment for discharge planning. The families will not be approached directly by study staff.

Condition or disease
Family Needs / Concerns

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 250 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Discharge Planning Assessment of Family Needs and Concerns at the Time of Infant's Discharge in the NICU
Study Start Date : December 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2009

Any infant with a length of stay in the NICU of at least 7 days.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 12 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Infants in the NICU

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Infants admitted to the NICU
  • Length of stay > 6 days
  • Discharge to home

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Length of stay </= 6 days
  • Discharge to another hospital

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00759213

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United States, Delaware
Christiana Care Health Systems
Newark, Delaware, United States, 19711
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, Delaware, United States, 19808
Sponsors and Collaborators
Christiana Care Health Services
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
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Principal Investigator: Robert G. Locke, DO Christiana Care Health Services

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Responsible Party: Christiana Care Health Services Identifier: NCT00759213     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 27215
First Posted: September 25, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 17, 2012
Last Verified: February 2012

Keywords provided by Christiana Care Health Services:
Discharge planning
Family needs
Family concerns