An Environmental Scan of Parent-focused Transition Practices between Neonatal Follow-up and Children's Rehabilitation Services
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Purpose: Identify parent-focused transition practices for parents of children born preterm/acutely ill when transitioning from Neonatal Follow-Up Programs (NFUP) to Children's Treatment Centers or Networks (CTCN). Methods: NFUP and CTCN health-care providers participated in an online survey and qualitative interviews. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and qualitative data underwent conventional content analysis. Results: 60 participants (17 sites) from diverse health disciplines completed the survey, and 14 (from 11 of 17 sites) participated in a follow-up interview. Enablers to transition included knowledgeable practitioners, shared services, and family engagement; although not present across all sites. Barriers commonly reported were a lack of time, understanding of roles, and parent engagement. Conclusion: Research study findings highlight the need to improve and bridge NFUP to CTCN parent-focused transition practices. Recommendations for next actions steps include improved cross-sector communication, bridging sectors through enhanced service provision, and moving from information provision to family engagement.
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