Alberta Family Integrated Care (FICare©™)

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Alberta FICare©™ in Level II NICUs

In Alberta, one in every twelve babies is born preterm (more than 3 weeks early). Parents must leave their preterm babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to fully develop enough to care for them at home. The purpose of this project is to test a new way to integrate and involve parents into the care of their preterm baby through a program called Alberta Family Integrated Care (FICare©™).

Alberta FICare©™ 18-Month Follow-Up

Alberta Family Integrated Care (FICare©™) is a model of care that integrates parents in the care of their preterm baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The goal of the Alberta FICare©™ 18 month follow-up study is to evaluate the longer-term effects and costs, at 18 months (adjusted for being born early), for families that participated in the Alberta FICare©™ study in level II NICUs.

Alberta FICare©™ Play Study

Alberta Family Integrated Care (FICare©™) is a model of care that integrates parents in the care of their preterm baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The goal of this study was to examine the impact of Alberta FICare©™ on Mom and baby interactions and baby’s development. Home visits were completed with Moms who participated in the original Alberta FICare©™ study in Level II NICUs when their baby was between 6 and 24 months (adjusted for being born early).

Alberta FICare©™ - Fathers' Experiences

Alberta Family Integrated Care (FICare©™) is a model of care that integrates parents in the care of their preterm baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). To date, there is no information about fathers’ experiences with Alberta FICare©™ and whether participation in their baby’s care improved their NICU experiences.

FICare©™ Paeds

This study investigated the fit and applicability of Family Integrated Care (FICare©™), a model of care that has been shown to improve health outcomes for preterm babies and their families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This study will seek to understand what type of care and outcomes are important for medically fragile infants (MFI) and their families.

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