Parent psychological wellbeing in a single-family room versus an open bay neonatal intensive care unit

Autoři: Bente Silnes Tandberg aff001;  Renée Flacking aff004;  Trond Markestad aff003;  Hege Grundt aff005;  Atle Moen aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Drammen Hospital, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust, Drammen, Norway aff001;  Lovisenberg Diaconal University College, Oslo, Norway aff002;  Department of Clinical Science, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway aff003;  School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden aff004;  Department of Paediatrics, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway aff005;  Department of Neonatology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway aff006
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224488



Studies of parents’ psychological well-being in single-family rooms in neonatal intensive care units have shown conflicting results.


To compare emotional distress in the form of depression, anxiety, stress and attachment scores among parents of very preterm infants cared for in a single-family rooms unit vs an open bay unit.

Study design

Prospective survey design.


Parents (132) of 77 infants born at 28 0/7–32 0/7 weeks of gestation in the two units.

Outcome measures

Duration of parental presence was recorded. Scores for depression (The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale), anxiety (The State–Trait–Anxiety Inventory, Short Form Y), stress (The Parent Stressor Scale: neonatal intensive care unit questionnaire and The Parenting Stress Index—short form) and attachment (Maternal Postnatal Attachment Scale) measured 14 days after delivery, at discharge, expected term date and four months post-term.


Parents were present 21 hours/day in the single-family room unit vs 7 hours/day in the Open bay unit. Ninety-three percent of the fathers in the single-family rooms unit were present more than 12 hours per day during the first week. Mothers in the single-family rooms had a significantly lower depression score -1.9 (95% CI: -3.6, -0.1) points from birth to four months corrected age compared to mothers in the Open bay unit, and 14% vs 52% scored above a cut-off point considered being at high risk for depression (p<0.005). Both mothers and fathers in the single-family rooms reported significantly lower stress levels during hospitalization. There were no differences between the groups for anxiety, stress or attachment scores after discharge.


The lower depression scores by the mothers and lower parental stress scores during hospitalization for both parents supports that single-family rooms care contribute to parents’ psychological wellbeing.

Klíčová slova:

Anxiety – Depression – Emotions – Infants – Mothers – Neonatal care – Neonates – Psychological stress


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