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Review: certain types of developmental care result in some benefits for preterm infants

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QUESTION: Does developmental care (ie, interventions designed to modify the neonatal intensive care unit [NICU] environment and thereby minimise the stress experienced by preterm infants) reduce adverse outcomes in preterm infants?

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Studies were identified by searching Medline (1966 to July 2000), CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library; English language conference and symposia proceedings from 1990 to July 2000; bibliographies of retrieved articles; and by contacting experts.

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Randomised trials were included if they compared elements …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For correspondence: Ms A Symington, Acute Children's Services, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, PO Box 2000, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5, Canada. Fax +1 905 521 5007.