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Live-streaming webcam technology in the neonatal unit: A systematic review and thematic analysis

Pajak, Patrizia; Chant, Kathy; Gallagher, Katie; (2023) Live-streaming webcam technology in the neonatal unit: A systematic review and thematic analysis. Nursing in Critical Care 10.1111/nicc.12900. (In press).

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Background: Admission of a baby for neonatal care represents a deeply traumatic time for parents. Webcam technology facilitating live-streaming of the baby when the parents are unable to be physically present has been introduced to support bonding and parental engagement in care./ Aim: This systematic review explores the impact and experiences of webcam technology upon parents of babies in the neonatal unit and neonatal health care professionals./ Study Design: A systematic search of Embase, Medline and Scopus was conducted using the keywords ‘video technology’, ‘newborn’ and ‘neonatal intensive care.’ Studies written in English and exploring live-stream technology were included. Thematic analysis per group (parents and health care professionals) was undertaken to identify similarities between themes across published studies./ Results: Ten studies were included. Six studies explored the impact of webcam technology on parents only, two on both parents and health care professionals and two on health care professionals only. Thematic analysis per group identified three themes for parents, including parental well-being, parent-infant bonding and quality of care. Two themes were identified for neonatal health care professionals, including quality of care and feasibility of webcam technology./ Conclusion: Webcam technology has many documented benefits for parental well-being. However, new technology requires adequate staff training, support and plans for ongoing maintenance. Further research is required to explore the long-term impacts on breast-milk production and infant neurological development.

Type: Article
Title: Live-streaming webcam technology in the neonatal unit: A systematic review and thematic analysis
DOI: 10.1111/nicc.12900
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/nicc.12900
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author-accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: neonatal, parents, technology, webcam
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Neonatology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10171262
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