First name
Jo
Middle name
Ann
Last name
D'Agostino

Title

Health literacy of parents of very preterm infants at NICU admission and discharge: a prospective cohort study.

Year of Publication

2019

Number of Pages

866-875

Date Published

2019 06

ISSN Number

1476-5543

Abstract

<p><strong>OBJECTIVE: </strong>To determine the prevalence of limited health literacy in parents of infants born ≤32 and 0/7 weeks and if health literacy changes during hospitalization.</p>

<p><strong>STUDY DESIGN: </strong>Multi-site, prospective cohort study measuring health literacy using the Parent Health Literacy Activities Test, which estimates caregivers' ability to complete tasks such as reading prescription labels and preparing bottles. Data were analyzed using parametric and nonparametric comparison tests and multivariable regression to control for confounders.</p>

<p><strong>RESULT: </strong>Of the 137 participants, 31% missed ≥3 questions of 8. Scores were not associated with admission characteristics or NICU complications. Lower scores were associated with lower nurses' (rho 0.20, p = 0.04) but not parents' (rho -0.12, p = 0.22) ratings of discharge readiness. Scores improved slightly from admission to discharge (p = 0.049).</p>

<p><strong>CONCLUSION: </strong>Many parents have difficulty answering questions related to basic infant care tasks. NICUs should ensure that communication and discharge planning are mindful of health literacy.</p>

DOI

10.1038/s41372-019-0340-y

Alternate Title

J Perinatol

PMID

30770882

Title

Medication Utilization at School Age for Children Born Preterm.

Year of Publication

2020

Date Published

2020 Jan 03

ISSN Number

1097-6833

Abstract

<p>We explored medication use by children born preterm at 5-8&nbsp;years of age. Compared with children born at full term, children born preterm had higher medication use that included most therapeutic classifications. Although asthma and chronic lung disease influenced use, prematurity remained an independent risk factor.</p>

DOI

10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.11.015

Alternate Title

J. Pediatr.

PMID

31910993

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