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Review of: Hei M, Gao X, Li Y, et al. Family integrated care for preterm infants in China: a cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of Pediatrics 2021;228:36–43.
Setting: 11 level 3 NICUs across eight provinces in China. All were similar in size and patient mix. Current practice in China is for neither parents to visit their baby on a NICU. Care is provided solely by medical and nursing staff. 323 patients were enrolled in the FIcare hospitals. 337 patients were enrolled in the standard care arm. Staff were trained on site in the FIcare model of practice. This included written protocols, parent education materials, staff training materials, training workshops, hands-on training and a central training meeting in Changsha. Only mothers could enter the NICU, but both parents could attend education sessions. Mothers spent ≥6 hours a day in the NICU caring for their baby. Mothers were closely supervised by FICare …
Contributors CF wrote the summary of the paper and the commentary. CMH contributed to the commentary and references.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.