Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2008

Thesis Advisor(s)

Regina M. Cusson

Honors Major



Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


The purpose of the pilot study was to work in collaboration with the March of Dimes Family Support Team and the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) to develop an evaluation instrument for the assessment of the Transport Module implemented by The March of Dimes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Family Support Program initiative at the UConn Health Center. A literature review of the topic illustrated the need for continuing research of successful family support interventions for parents experiencing the transport of their high-risk infant to a tertiary care NICU immediately after delivery. NICU staff members and the March of Dimes Organization can utilize the evaluation instrument created for this study to identify parent support needs and the effectiveness of module implementation across the country. Effective family support will increase parent confidence and decrease anxieties that are often associated with the birth of a pre-term infant.

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Nursing Commons