Table 4

Sources and types of information available for parents in the NNU

InformationLevel 1Level 2Level 3All units
Information sources
 Leaflets on specific topics/conditions96.889.891.492.0
 Unit booklets87.185.792.989.3
 Notice-board with staff roles and names67.759.254.358.7
Topics covered in written information
 Unit organisation and facilities77.475.588.682.0
 Hygiene and infection control80.675.582.980.0
 Equipment used with for infant care71.077.668.672.0
 List of useful contacts/organisations71.075.564.369.3
 Discharge and follow-up arrangements41.955.152.951.3
 Network information35.540.851.444.7
 Transfer arrangements32.330.660.044.7**
 Parents' reactions to preterm birth51.634.731.436.7
Information on specific aspects of care
 Breastfeeding93.591.892.990.8
 Ventilation54.869.464.364.0
 Phototherapy64.549.057.156.0
 Tube feeding41.942.954.348.0
 Pain relief22.630.634.330.7
 Surgery3.26.124.314.0**
Information in preparation for discharge home
 Going home on oxygen80.691.890.088.7
 Resuscitation87.187.885.786.7
 Safety, for example, cars seats, sleeping position77.487.885.784.7
 Recognising when a baby is unwell61.349.060.056.7
 GP and health visitor contact58.142.957.152.7
 Nutrition and growth54.846.951.450.7
 Preterm infant development41.942.952.947.3
  • ** p<0.01. NNU, neonatal unit.