Title

NICU primer for occupational therapists: Therapeutic staffing trends in northwest neonatal intensive care units – part II of II

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Title

Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention

Department

Occupational Therapy

Abstract

The purpose of this article (Part II of a two-part series) is to highlight a study of therapeutic staffing and occupational therapy (OT) in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Twenty-seven surveys were mailed to speech language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists working in Northwest NICUs. Twelve surveys (44%) were returned, with eight completed and eligible for analysis (35%). Data were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. Descriptions of evaluation and treatment, transdisciplinary service delivery, and relationships with medical staff were discussed as were factors influencing current staffing patterns. Implications for practice and directions for the future are presented.

ISSN

1941-1243