Social Ecological Examination of Factors That Influence the Treatment of Newborns With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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Abstract

Health care systems are challenged with issues of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) may be overdiagnosed with standardized assessment protocols and may be overtreated with current NICU-based models of care. Clinical approaches to caring for neonates with NAS and their families have not significantly changed for 40 years, and there is growing interest in revisiting long-standing routine practices. I used Bronfenbrenner’s social ecological systems framework to organize an exploration of factors that contribute to overdiagnosis and overtreatment in the care of neonates with NAS.

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