The effects of Kangaroo care on the vital signs of preterm infants

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Suzanne D’Agati

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Elise Bloch

Third Advisor's Name

Jose A. Adams

Date of Defense



The purpose of this research study was to compare the effects of Kangaroo Care (K-Care) to traditional incubator/crib care on the vital signs of preterm infants in response to an alerting stimulus. The neonatal intensive care (NICU) environment can often provide stimulation that the infant cannot tolerate. Six preterm infants received both traditional incubator/crib care and K-Care. Analysis of the data showed no significant differences (p < .05) between K-Care and incubator/crib care in baseline vital signs, and vital signs taken 15 minutes after receiving the alerting stimulus. Further examination showed no significant difference in the magnitude of alteration in vital signs taken for both methods of care. Information gathered from this study will help educate occupational therapists and other health professionals working in the neonatal intensive care environment and assist them in providing appropriate and supportive care for preterm infants and their caregivers.



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