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BACKGROUND Infants born preterm are at increased risk of developing cognitive and motor impairments compared with infants born at term. Early developmental interventions have been used in the clinical setting with the aim of improving the overall functional outcome for these infants. However, the long-term benefit of these programmes remains unclear. (More)
AIM The aim of this study was to review the effects of early developmental intervention after discharge from hospital on motor and cognitive development in preterm infants. METHOD Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) or quasi-RCTs of early developmental intervention programmes for preterm infants in which motor or cognitive outcomes were reported and in(More)
Children born early (<37 weeks of gestation) are at high risk of a range of motor impairments due to a variety of biological and environmental risk factors. Cerebral palsy occurs more frequently in those children born preterm, with the risk increasing with decreasing gestational age. Mild and moderate motor impairments, consistent with developmental(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to determine the effects of preventive care at home on child development and primary caregiver mental health at 2 years of age. METHODS A total of 120 very preterm infants (<30 weeks) were assigned randomly to intervention (n = 61) or control (n = 59) groups. The intervention group received the preventive care(More)
BACKGROUND Early developmental interventions to prevent the high rate of neurodevelopmental problems in very preterm children, including cognitive, motor and behavioral impairments, are urgently needed. These interventions should be multi-faceted and include modules for caregivers given their high rates of mental health problems. METHODS/DESIGN We have(More)
BACKGROUND Infants born preterm are at increased risk of developing cognitive and motor impairment compared with infants born at term. Early developmental interventions have been provided in the clinical setting with the aim of improving overall functional outcomes for these infants. Long-term benefits of these programmes remain unclear. OBJECTIVES(More)
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