Individualized Developmental Care for Very Low-Birth-Weight Infants: A Critical Review


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Abstract

Developmental care has been widely accepted and implemented in neonatal intensive care units across the country. Its proponents suggest that individualized developmental care is effective in reducing infant morbidity and length of hospital stay and improving neurodevelopmental outcomes. Although individual components of developmental care have been researched in more depth, few studies have examined a total developmental care protocol. This article critically examines the research base on individualized developmental care and discusses implications for clinical practice and future research.

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