Impact of Early Intervention on Maternal Stress in Mothers of Fetuses Diagnosed With Single Ventricle Physiology Requiring Neonatal Surgery

Status: Completed
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Intervention Type: Behavioral
Study Type: Interventional
Study Phase: Not Applicable

This study evaluates maternal psychological distress and the impact of early palliative care team consultation on maternal anxiety and depression symptoms, coping, and quality of life/family functioning in the care of neonates born with single ventricle physiology. Half of the participants will receive early palliative care team consultation, while the other half will receive usual care (no or late palliative care intervention). The investigators hypothesize maternal stress, anxiety, and depression will be lower in the palliative care intervention group compared with the control group, and maternal coping mechanisms and perceived quality of life and family functioning will improve at the pre-discharge assessment.

Participation Requirements
Sex: Female
Minimum Age: 18
Healthy Volunteers: No

• Mothers pregnant with fetuses with single ventricle physiology who are planned to undergo staged single ventricle palliative surgery with the first surgery occurring in the neonatal period.

United States
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
Ann Arbor
Time Frame
Start Date: April 2013
Completion Date: November 15, 2016
Target number of participants: 40
Experimental: Early palliative care team consultation
Early pediatric palliative care team consultation for single ventricle patients will occur in this group following birth but prior to the first stage palliative surgery.
No Intervention: Usual care
Usual care for single ventricle patients will be provided with palliative care team consultation occurring at any point (if it is determined the child and family would benefit from palliative care consultation) during the child's neonatal hospital stay.
Leads: University of Michigan

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