Fathers’ Perception of the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Experience
The purpose of this study was to explore the needs of fathers of premature infants in the NICU. Using a qualitative, descriptive approach, the researchers interviewed twentyeight fathers who previously had an infant in the NICU. Interviews were then transcribed via a transcription company and verified by the researchers. Results were analyzed using NVivo and an evolving coding guide. During analysis, the researchers discovered fathers could vividly recall their experiences and three themes emerged. These themes were: vividly recalling experiences, worries about their significant other and stressed with work life balance.
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