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Exploring the knowledge of community-based nurses in supporting parents of preterm babies at home: A survey-based study


Petty, J and Whiting, L and Fowler, C and Green, Janet and Mosenthal, A, Exploring the knowledge of community-based nurses in supporting parents of preterm babies at home: A survey-based study, Nursing Open pp. 1-12. ISSN 2054-1058 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2021 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, ( which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

DOI: doi:10.1002/nop2.937


Aim: This study aimed to investigate the confidence levels, knowledge base and learning needs of community-based nurses relating to the care of preterm babies and parents, to explore what education is required and in what format.

Design: An online survey methodology was used.

Methods: A 32-item questionnaire was distributed via social media platforms to community-based nurses in Australia.

Results: Descriptive analysis was undertaken relating to knowledge base, confidence levels, previous training, learning and resource needs and barriers to education. It was deemed vital to expand confidence and knowledge in this area. Gaps in learning resources were identified and a need for more training in topics such as developmental outcomes, feeding, expected milestones, weight gain, growth trajectories and supporting parents. Online resources were the preferred format to teach key knowledge to community-based health professionals, tailored to the specific features of preterm babies and support needs of parents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community-based nursing, knowledge gap, preterm babies, supporting parents, tailored resources
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Midwifery
Research Field:Clinical midwifery
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Midwifery
UTAS Author:Green, Janet (Dr Janet Green)
ID Code:146754
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-09-24
Last Modified:2022-08-25
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