Developmental versus Conventional Care: A Comparison of Clinical Outcomes for Very Low Birth Weight Infants

Bonnie Stevens, Patricia Petryshen, John Hawkins, Barry Smith, Pamela Taylor


The purpose of this research was to describe the clinical profile of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants receiving conventional versus developmental care during their hospital-ization and to determine the appropriateness of developmental-care interventions. A phase-lag study with 124 preterm infants indicated that although there were no significant differences in individual clinical outcomes, developmental care had a significant effect on the physiologic stability of the infant over time. Developmental interventions were used for all infants receiving the developmental-care intervention, with varying frequency.

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