TIP SHEET: Improving Family-Centered Care for Diverse Families in the NICU

In response to a qualitative study by researchers at CPQCC and the Stanford University School of Medicine published on April 5th in the Journal of Perinatology which examines narrative accounts of how vulnerable families receive unequal treatment in the NICU, CPQCC developed a "tip sheet" which includes ten suggestions on how NICUs can improve family-centered care for diverse families. Rather than being seen as a definitive list of "must-dos," these suggestions are intended to generate conversation within and among NICUs on how to recognize and address disparate care. Tips are grouped into six categories: acculturation of the unit; staff communication; counseling; organizational resources; family leadership; and education.  

For more information on the study or the tip sheet, please refer to the press release or contact Dr. Krista Sigurdson