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“Integrating Parents in Newborn Pain Care - Evidence and Implementation”

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Involvement of parents in newborn pain management is of increased interest in both research and clinical settings. From an evolutionary view, the mother is the optimal source of physical and psychological support for the infant, both as a fetus and after birth. Hospital care and medical interventions are sources of separation and stress, leading to a diminished capacity for the infant to endure painful procedures and situations. After decades of healthcare providers not recognizing newborn infants’ capacity to feel pain and the associated adverse outcomes, most surgical and end-of-life pain is now prevented and treated with pharmacological methods. However, the drugs used are often not effective for the most common repeated painful procedures, and have potential short and long-term adverse effects. Recent research has thus focused on finding non-pharmacological interventions or sweet tasting solutions as a substitute to drugs, or to decrease the drug-doses needed for optimal analgesia. Several of these interventions involve parents, e.g. skin-to-skin care, breastfeeding, or facilitated tucking by parents. Despite this knowledge, clinicians and parents often struggle with which strategy should be recommended as first line therapy or whether several should be given in combination. Moreover, many providers and parents remain unaware of the powerful benefits of integrating parents as well as the effective ways to implement these interventions in clinical care settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1

    Gain an increased awareness of the consequences of untreated procedural pain experienced in early life.

  • 2

    Gain knowledge related to the effectiveness of health care provider led and maternally led interventions to reduce procedural pain in neonates.

  • 3

    Gain knowledge related to the acceptability and implementation of parent led interventions to reduce pain in the clinical setting.

Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC, RN

Our Speaker:

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo, a certified neonatal nurse practitioner, is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Dalhousie University and a Clinician Scientist at the IWK Health Centre (cross appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience). Her research lab, primarily funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and Canadian Foundation of Innovation, “Mechanisms, Outcomes, and Mobilization of maternally-Led Interventions for Newborn Care” (MOM-LINC), examines the effectiveness of maternal-led interventions to improve outcomes of at-risk infants related to stress, pain and neurodevelopment as well as improving uptake of pain relieving interventions by both parents and health care providers through innovative strategies and e-Health technology.

She has secured over $9M research funding, published over 50 peer reviewed papers, and has given over 45 invited presentations as well a numerous oral and poster abstracts. She has been recognized for her contributions to the field via numerous training, leadership, and research awards. Most notably, a Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Award (2016-2021), Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Career Development Award (2015-2019), Canadian Pain Society Early Career Investigator Award (2015) Global Health REAL Award (2013), Excellence in Nursing Research Award, College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (2014), and Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship (2014). Her commitment to knowledge translation is shown most recently through her success in securing funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation in order to support ongoing dissemination of her parent-focused YouTube video entitled “Power of a Parent’s Touch.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nqN9c3FWn8

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This course has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses,
Provider Number 15417 for 1 contact hours.

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