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FERNANDEZ-ALCANTARA, Manuel et al. Effects on an early discharge program on the concerns of parents of preterm infants. Escritos de Psicología [online]. 2015, vol.8, n.2, pp.43-51. ISSN 1989-3809.

The birth of a premature infant has a striking emotional impact on the parents, especially when the hospitalization period is long. Early discharge programs are an effective tool to facilitate the transition to home and have beneficial effects. However, few studies have investigated the effects of these programs on parents during the post-discharge period and how are they related to changes in family dynamics. This article explored the experiences and obstacles faced by parents of preterm infants after discharge. The study followed a qualitative design using a descriptive phenomenological approach. Purposive sampling was used and a total of 23 parents participated. Data collection ended when theoretical saturation was reached. The parents were assessed using semi-structured interviews. A thematic analysis was conducted, which identified three central themes: concerns of the parents, emotions after discharge, and changes in life. The results indicate the importance of the early discharge program, which is associated with many positive emotions in parents. Participation in the early discharge program was associated with increased confidence regarding caring and improved skills related to managing some of the complex emotions associated with discharge.

Keywords : Preterm Child; Early Discharge; Qualitative Study; Fathers; Mothers; Neonatal Care.

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