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Mapping family integrated care practices in the neonatal units across the UK
  1. Katie Dharmarajah1,
  2. Emilie Seager2,
  3. Aniko Deierl2,
  4. Jayanta Banerjee2,3
  5. On behalf of the Integrated Family Delivered Care core group
  1. 1 Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Neonatology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3 Department of Neonatal medicine, Imperial College London Institute of Clinical Sciences, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jayanta Banerjee, Neonatology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London W12 0HS, UK; jayanta.banerjee{at}

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Family integrated care (FIC), where parents are empowered through structured training to form an important component of the caregiving team, is fast becoming the standard of care across neonatal units in the UK. The Parents of Preterm Infants (POPPY) survey in 20101 found variability of practice and inadequate facilities to support even family centred care (FCC). To explore the change in the parental participatory model in the neonatal unit over the last 8 years, we designed and conducted an online questionnaire survey. The aim was to explore current practice, understanding and strategy for FIC using the Qualtrics web assessment toolkit (Qualtrics, Provo, Utah, USA).

Of the 195 UK neonatal units, 78 responses were received. Practice of FIC in neonatal units across …

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  • Collaborators Integrated Family Delivered Care group. Neonatal Unit, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London W12 0HS, UK

  • Contributors JB and AD conceptualised the survey. KD, ES, AD and JB developed the study design. KD wrote the first draft and reviewed and revised the manuscript. ES, AD and JB reviewed and revised the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.