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What Are We Measuring as Outcome? Looking Beyond Neurodevelopmental Impairment

Journal title
Clinics in perinatology
Publication year
2018
Author(s)
Kilbride, H. W.; Aylward, G. P.; Carter, B.
Pages
467-484
Volume
45
Number
3

Outcomes of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates have been categorized by rates of neurodevelopmental impairment at 2 years old. Although useful as metrics for research, these early childhood assessments may underestimate or overestimate later functional capabilities. Often overlooked are less severe but more prevalent neurobehavioral dysfunctions seen later in childhood, and chronic health concerns that may impact the child’s quality of life (QoL). Comprehensive NICU follow-up should include measures of less severe cognitive/learning delays, physical/mental well-being, and the promotion of resilience in children and families. Studies are needed to identify QoL measures that will optimize children’s assessments and outcomes.

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