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Emotional Impact in Parents of Open and Restricted Pediatric Intensive Care: A Clinical Research

Mento Carmela1*, Mallamace Raffaella2, Rizzo Amelia3, D’Angelo Gabriella2 and Gitto Eloisa2
1Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, Italy
2Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Human Pathology in Adult and Developmental Age “Gaetano Barresi”, University of Messina, Italy
3Psychiatric Unit, University of Messina, Italy
*Corresponding Author : Mento Carmela, Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, Messina, Italy, Email: [email protected]

Abstract

The present study aims to explore any differences in terms of emotional impact between visiting policies restricted vs. 24h open, among parents of children hospitalized in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Methods: Eleven parents of children admitted to NICU and 11 parents of children admitted to PICU compiled the Profile of Mood State (POMS) and the Stait-trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Y). Results: Data were analyzed by performing Chi-Square. Results revealed that parents with restricted access reported significantly higher levels of anxiety. Findings underlined that anxiety levels are high in both groups, however, caregivers exposed to restricted visiting, condition showed more emotional dysregulation. Conclusion: The negative effects and the emotional impact of the restricted visiting policies, suggesting the emergence of a risk factor of psychological nature, which can negatively influence treatment outcomes in term of compliance and psychological health. The open access of parents is a relevant research field on humanization on hospital services and healthcare.

Keywords: Open and Restricted Hospital access, Parents-child relationship, Anxiety, Depression.

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