Title

17-year outcome of preterm infants with diverse neonatal morbidities: Part 1-Impact on physical, neurological, and psychological health status

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

7-1-2012

Abstract

Purpose. The purpose of this study was to comprehensively examine physical, neurological, and psychological health in a U.S. sample of 180 infants at age 17. Design and Methods. The World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health model framed the health-related domains and contextual factors. Assessments included growth, chronic conditions, neurological status, and psychological health. Results. Physical health, growth, and neurological outcomes were poorer in the preterm groups. Minor neurological impairment was related to integrative function. Preterm survivors reported higher rates of depression, anxiety, and inattention/hyperactivity. Practice Implications. Complex health challenges confront preterm survivors at late adolescence, suggesting the necessity of continued health surveillance. © 2012, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Publication Title

Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing

Volume

17

Issue

3

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