Effects of kangaroo mother care in the NICU on the physiological stress parameters of premature infants: A meta-analysis of RCTs
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Author/sCristóbal Cañadas, Delia; Bonillo Perales, Antonio; Galera Martínez, Rafael; Casado Belmonte, María Del Pilar; Parrón Carreño, Tesifón
Objective: The aim of this study was to analyze the randomised controlled trials that explored the effect of kangaroo mother care on physiological stress parameters of premature infants. Methods: Two independent researchers performed a systematic review of indexed studies in PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane and Scopus. We included data from randomized controlled trials measuring the effects of kangaroo care compared to standard incubator care on physiological stress outcomes, defined as oxygen saturation, body temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate. The PRISMA model was used to conduct data extraction. We performed a narrative synthesis of all studies and a meta-analysis when data were available from multiple studies that compared the same physiological parameters with the kangaroo method as an intervention and controls and used the same outcome measures. Results: Twelve studies were eligible for inclusion in this meta-analysis. According to statistical analysis, the mean respira...
kangaroo mother care
neonatal intensive care