Family-centered care: An essential component of neonatal care.


Journal Article (Academic article)

Family-centered care (FCC) is an essential aspect of providing holistic, developmental care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and requires a collaborative relationship between the family and health care providers. By working as a team, the family and providers can give the best care possible to the infant in the NICU. Provision of FCC increases family satisfaction, their ability to cope with the NICU, and their ability to care for their infant. In addition, FCC enhances the health care team's experience caring for both infants and families. With proper implementation by health care providers, family-centered care can be the new standard of care in NICUs across the country.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harbaugh, KE; Brandon, DH

Published Date

  • March 2008

Published In

  • Early Childhood Services

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 33 - 42