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The descriptive research aimed to study the levels and correlations of needs, need responses and need response satisfaction in palliative care among mothers of premature infants with life-threatening illness. Purposive sampling was used to select 63 mothers having premature infants with life-threatening illness who were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The data were collected using questionnaires including (1) demographic data (2) the needs (3) the need responses, and (4) the need response satisfaction in palliative care. All questionnaires were tested for content validity, and the reliability of questionnaires 2-4 using Cronbach’s alpha coefficients were .98, .97, and .98, respectively. Descriptive statistics and Pearson’s product moment correlation were used to analyze the data. The descriptive research aimed to study the levels and correlations of needs, need responses and need response satisfaction in palliative care among mothers of premature infants with life-threatening illness. Purposive sampling was used to select 63 mothers having premature infants with life-threatening illness who were admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The data were collected using questionnaires including (1) demographic data (2) the needs (3) the need responses, and (4) the need response satisfaction in palliative care. All questionnaires were tested for content validity, and the reliability of questionnaires 2-4 using Cronbach’s alpha coefficients were .98, .97, and .98, respectively. Descriptive statistics and Pearson’s product moment correlation were used to analyze the data.
The results revealed that the mean total scores of needs, need responses, and need responsesatisfaction in palliative care of the mothers having premature infants with life-threatening illness were at a high level (M=2.77, SD= .17, M=2.71, SD= .18 and M=2.74, SD= .18, respectively). Needs were significantly moderate positively correlated with need responses (r = .63, p < .001, respectively). Needs responses were significantly high positively correlated with need response satisfaction (r= .97, p< .001, respectively). Thus, neonatal nurses should always carefully consider the needs and provide need responses to each mother.
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