Effectiveness of a nurse educational oral feeding programme on feeding outcomes in neonates: protocol for an interrupted time series design.

TitreEffectiveness of a nurse educational oral feeding programme on feeding outcomes in neonates: protocol for an interrupted time series design.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTouzet, S, Beissel, A, Denis, A, Pillet, F, Gauthier-Moulinier, H, Hommey, S, Claris, O
Corporate AuthorsTOP Study Group, Le Pogam, M-A
JournalBMJ Open
Date Published2016

INTRODUCTION: Oral feeding is a complex physiological process. Several scales have been developed to assess the ability of the neonate to begin suck feedings and assist caregivers in determining feeding advancement. However, feeding premature neonates remains an ongoing challenge and depends above all on caregivers' feeding expertise. We will evaluate the effect of a nurse training programme on the achievement of full oral feeding with premature neonates.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The study design will be an interrupted time series design with 3 phases: (1) A 6-month baseline period; (2) a 22-month intervention period and (3) a 6-month postintervention period. The intervention will consist of an educational programme, for nurses and assistant nurses, on feeding patterns in neonates. The training modules will be composed of a 2-day conference, 2 interactive multidisciplinary workshops, and routine practice nurse coaching. A total of 120 nurses and 12 assistant nurses, who work at the neonatal unit during the study period, will participate in the study. All premature neonates of <34 weeks postmenstrual age (PMA) will be included. The primary outcome will be the age of tube withdrawal PMA and chronological age are taken into account. The secondary outcomes will be the transition time, length of hospital stay, competent suckle feeding without cardiorespiratory compromise, rate of neonates presenting with feeding issues or feeding rejection signs, and current neonatal pathologies or deaths during hospital stay. A segmented regression analysis will be performed to assess the impact of the programme.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Approval for the study was obtained from the Hospital Ethics Committee, and the Institutional Review Board, as well as the French Data Protection Agency. The findings from the study will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journals, national and international conference presentations and public events.

TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT02404272 (https://clinicaltrials.gov).

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Alternate JournalBMJ Open
Citation Key / SERVAL ID7006
PubMed ID27084282
PubMed Central IDPMC4838690


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