College of Arts and Sciences
Primary Subject Area
Health Sciences, Nursing
neonatal massage, developmental care, nurses perspectives, increased growth, infant massage, increased weight gain, neonatal intensive care unit, intensive care nursery, therapeutic touch
Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Critical Care Nursing | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing
Hanson, Kayla R., "Nurses’ Perspectives on Neonatal Massage Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit" (2013). Senior Honors Theses. 387.
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.