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Discharge Planning Assessment of Family Needs

This study has been completed.
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christiana Care Health Services Identifier:
First received: September 24, 2008
Last updated: February 16, 2012
Last verified: February 2012

It is well established within pediatric and neonatal medicine that social and traditionally "non-medical" aspects of the home environment and conditions after discharge influence neonatal health both in the acute and long-term setting. Government programs and laws exist that are designed for the provision of basic pediatric health needs. Unfortunately, deficits in obtaining those services lead to preventable poor health outcomes. Hospital social workers and discharge planners are able to identify appropriate services, while lawyers are experts in ensuring those rights and services are actually obtained and delivered.

West Side Health of CCHS has implemented a medical-legal partnership along the pathways advocated by the Medical Legal Partnership for Children as part of their clinical care services. Before implementing a similar system in the NICU, a needs assessment will be performed first.

The purpose of this study is to determine what the health care team (physicians, nurses, social workers, discharge planners, etc) through our discharge planning practice establishes as the legal needs. We will collect information which is normally collected by the health care team as a part of their usual care and assessment for discharge planning. The families will not be approached directly by study staff.

Family Needs / Concerns

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Discharge Planning Assessment of Family Needs and Concerns at the Time of Infant's Discharge in the NICU

Further study details as provided by Christiana Care Health Services:

Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: December 2007
Study Completion Date: September 2009
Primary Completion Date: November 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Any infant with a length of stay in the NICU of at least 7 days.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 12 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Infants in the NICU

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Infants admitted to the NICU
  • Length of stay > 6 days
  • Discharge to home

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Length of stay </= 6 days
  • Discharge to another hospital
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00759213

United States, Delaware
Christiana Care Health Systems
Newark, Delaware, United States, 19711
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, Delaware, United States, 19808
Sponsors and Collaborators
Christiana Care Health Services
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Principal Investigator: Robert G. Locke, DO Christiana Care Health Services
  More Information

Responsible Party: Christiana Care Health Services Identifier: NCT00759213     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 27215
Study First Received: September 24, 2008
Last Updated: February 16, 2012

Keywords provided by Christiana Care Health Services:
Discharge planning
Family needs
Family concerns
Infants processed this record on May 25, 2017