Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

4-23-2013

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Primary Subject Area

Health Sciences, Nursing

Keywords

neonatal massage, developmental care, nurses perspectives, increased growth, infant massage, increased weight gain, neonatal intensive care unit, intensive care nursery, therapeutic touch

Disciplines

Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Critical Care Nursing | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing

Abstract

Research in neonatal massage therapy has shown many possible benefits to the baby and family. Though there has been a growing trend towards family-centered care, along with a substantial and growing body of research, the practice of neonatal massage therapy is not routine in most NICUs. This study was conducted to evaluate neonatal intensive care nurses’ perspectives and attitudes towards neonatal massage therapy before and after evidence-based education. Willingness to discuss benefits of neonatal massage therapy significantly increased after education on neonatal massage therapy. The findings suggest that with proper training on the techniques and safety monitoring of massage therapy, nurses might be more willing to implement massage as part of a family-centered care with appropriate patients.

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