J Pediatr Intensive Care 2020; 09(01): 016-020
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1695060
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Nurses' Perception of Family-Centered Care in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Haydeh Heidari
1  Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Modeling in Health Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
Marjan Mardani-Hamooleh
2  Nursing Care Research Center, Nursing Midwifery Department, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Funding This work had no external sources of funding.
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Publication History

15 May 2019

13 July 2019

Publication Date:
30 August 2019 (online)


Family-centered care (FCC) is one of the important elements of care in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The aim of this study was to understand the nurses' perception of FCC in NICUs. This qualitative study was performed using conventional content analysis. Participants in this study included 18 nurses who were selected by a purposeful method. Semistructured, in-depth and face-to-face interviews were conducted with the participants. All interviews were written down, reviewed, and analyzed. Two categories were identified after the data analysis: (1) prerequisite for providing FCC and (2) parents' participation. Prerequisite for providing FCC consisted of two subcategories namely suitable facilities and adequate personnel. Parents' participation included subcategories of parents: neonate's attachment and parents' training. Nurses' perception of FCC in NICUs can facilitate an appropriate condition for the participation of family members in the care of neonates.