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OBJECTIVE To determine the safety, efficacy, and cost savings of early hospital discharge of women delivered by unplanned cesarean delivery. METHODS Using randomized assignment, 61 postpartum women were discharged from the hospital at the usual time, and 61 were discharged early and had nurse specialist home follow-up care. The latter group received(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify women's major physiologic, psychologic, and life-style concerns at 2 and 8 weeks after cesarean delivery. DESIGN Descriptive study with open-ended interviews. SETTING Large urban hospital affiliated with a major university. PARTICIPANTS One hundred six women who had unplanned cesarean deliveries and delivered live, full-term(More)
The nursing process is well known by practicing nurses. The model for approaching the development of nursing research using this process has been presented. The clinical arena is rich in data and problems worthy of detailed research work. The models provide structure and methods that are familiar to practicing nurses so that they may begin to work with(More)
This article illustrates how one academic health science center in a large metropolitan area sought to improve the quality of patient care by soliciting the input of their nursing staff in devising an action plan for change. The research model incorporated both survey and focus group methods used by nursing leaders in administration and practice to identify(More)
The purposes of this study were to explore predictors of maternal confidence during toddlerhood among mothers of children born preterm and fullterm and to determine if mothers of toddlers born preterm were less confident in parenting than mothers of toddlers born fullterm. Mothers of children born preterm (n = 62) and fullterm (n = 70) aged 12 months(More)
The study's purpose was to examine postdischarge rehospitalizations and acute care visits in seven high risk, high volume, high-cost patient groups. Subjects were drawn from an urban tertiary teaching hospital. The total sample (N = 764) consisted of seven patient groups (drawn from five randomized clinical trials): very low birthweight (VLBW) infants (n =(More)