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Table 3 Evaluation of the satisfaction and stress level between mothers and fathers

From: Supporting parents in taking care of their infants admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit: a prospective cohort pilot study

  FCC   NFCC  
Median (5°–95°) p_value Median (5°–95°) p_value
Mother Father   Mother Father  
Knowledge and understanding
I have received adequate information about my baby’s condition and management. 5 (3–5) 5 (3–5) p > 0,05 4 (3–5) 4 (3–5) p > 0,05
The health care team explained things thoroughly using easy to understand language. 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 4 (3,25–5) 4 (3,25–5) p > 0,05
The information I have received has been appropriate and timely. 5 (3–5) 5 (3–5) p > 0,05 3 (2–4) 3 (2–4) p > 0,05
Communication and collaboration
In the last week I have been able to communicate effectively with my baby’s health care team. 5 (4–5) 5 (3,25–5) p > 0,05 4 (3–5) 4 (3–5) p > 0,05
In the last week I have collaborated with my baby’s health care team in the planning of care for my baby. 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 1 (1–2) 1 (1–2) p > 0,05
In the last week I have been able to ask the health care team questions about my baby’s care. 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 4 (3–5) 4 (3–5) p > 0,05
Privacy and confidentiality
In the last week the privacy of my baby’s care was always considered and upheld 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 4,5 (3,25–5) 5 (3,25–5) p > 0,05
In the last week the confidentiality of my baby’s care was always considered and upheld 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 5 (3,25–5) 4,5 (3,25–5) p > 0,05
In the last week I have overheard information about other babies 1 (1–2) 1 (1–2) p > 0,05 1 (1–4,5) 1 (1–3) p > 0,05
PSS: NICU
Parental role alteration Being separated from your baby 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 5 5 (4–5) p < 0,05
Not being able to regularly care for your baby (e.g., feed, nappy, hold) 4 (2–4,75) 4 (2–4,75) p > 0,05 5 5 (3,25–5) p < 0,05
Not having a chance to be alone with your baby 3 (1–4) 3 (1–4) p > 0,05 5 (3,25–5) 5 (3,25–5) p > 0,05
Not being able to share your baby with family and friends 4 (2–4,75) 4 (2–4,75) p > 0,05 5 (3–5) 4,5 (3–5) p > 0,05
Not being able to protect your baby from pain and painful procedures 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05
Not being able to comfort or help your baby 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05
The nurses and other staff seeming closer to the baby than you are 1,5 (1–3) 1,5 (1–3) p > 0,05 4 (2,25–5) 4 (2,25–5) p > 0,05
Not being able to hold your baby 4 (2–4,75) 4 (2–4,75) p > 0,05 5 (3,25–5) 5 (3–5) p > 0,05
Infant appearance Seeing your baby with tubes or IV lines in him/her 4 (2,25–5) 4 (2,25–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p < 0,05
Seeing your child in pain 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05
Having your child look afraid, be upset or cry a lot 5 (3–5) 5 (3–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (3,25–5) p > 0,05
Seeing your baby look sad 4 (4–5) 4 (3–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (3,25–5) p < 0,05
Seeing a needle or tube put in your baby 4 (2,25–5) 4 (2,25–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p < 0,05
Seeing your baby have problems breathing 4,5 (3,25–5) 4 (3–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (3,25–5) p < 0,05
Seeing your baby surrounded by machinery and having medical treatments 3 (1–5) 3 (1–5) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05
When your baby can’t respond to you 1 1 p > 0,05 1 1 p > 0,05
Sight and sound Monitors and equipment in the room 3 (1–4) 3 (1–4) p > 0,05 5 (4–5) 5 (4–5) p > 0,05
The sudden sound of monitor alarms 4 (2–4) 3 (2–4) p > 0,05 4 (2,25–5) 4 (2,25–5) p > 0,05
The other sick children in the room 3 (1–4) 2,5 (1–4) p > 0,05 3 (1,25–4,75) 3 (1,2–4,75) p > 0,05
The large number of nurses, doctors, and other staff who work with your child 1 (1–3) 1 (1–3) p > 0,05 1 (1–3) 1 (1–3) p > 0,05
When other children in the hospital have a crisis 4 (1,25–4) 3 (1,25–4) p > 0,05 4 (1,5–5) 4 (1–5) p > 0,05
The needs of other parents in the hospital 1 (1–4) 1 (1–3) p > 0,05 2 (1–4) 2 (1–4) p > 0,05
  1. The evaluation of the satisfaction between mothers and fathers was measured by 3 sections: knowledge and understanding, communication and collaboration, privacy and confidentially. The evaluation of the stress level between mothers and fathers was measured by PSS: NICU