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Trial details imported from ClinicalTrials.gov

For full trial details, please see the original record at https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00883974




Registration number
NCT00883974
Ethics application status
Date submitted
17/04/2009
Date registered
17/04/2009
Date last updated
28/10/2009

Titles & IDs
Public title
Sensitivity Training For Parents of Preterm Infants
Scientific title
Early Sensitivity Training for Parents of Preterm Infants: Impact on the Developing Brain
Secondary ID [1] 0 0
Preterm Sensitivity Training
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Development 0 0
Preterm Birth 0 0
Development 0 0
Preterm Birth 0 0
Condition category
Condition code
Reproductive Health and Childbirth 0 0 0 0
Complications of newborn
Reproductive Health and Childbirth 0 0 0 0
Childbirth and postnatal care
Reproductive Health and Childbirth 0 0 0 0
Fetal medicine and complications of pregnancy
Inflammatory and Immune System 0 0 0 0
Allergies

Intervention/exposure
Study type
Interventional
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Behaviour - Sensitivity Training
Behaviour - Sensitivity Training

Experimental: 1 -

No Intervention: 2 - Standard Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) procedures for the care of pre-term infants

Experimental: 1 -

No Intervention: 2 - Standard Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) procedures for the care of pre-term infants


Behaviour: Sensitivity Training
The parent sensitivity training program was delivered in NICU (9 sessions) with a home-booster session. Therapists worked with parents following a manualized protocol. Targets of intervention included: recognizing signs of infant stress, "shut-down" mechanisms, alert-available behavior, motor behaviors, facial expressions,posture/muscle tone; graded stimulation; how to optimize interactions; touch, movement and massage; "kangaroo care" (nesting infants skin-to-skin against their mother); vocal, visual and multi-sensory stimulation; normalizing parental feelings; challenging dysfunctional thinking, and diary keeping.

Behaviour: Sensitivity Training
The parent sensitivity training program was delivered in NICU (9 sessions) with a home-booster session. Therapists worked with parents following a manualized protocol. Targets of intervention included: recognizing signs of infant stress, "shut-down" mechanisms, alert-available behavior, motor behaviors, facial expressions,posture/muscle tone; graded stimulation; how to optimize interactions; touch, movement and massage; "kangaroo care" (nesting infants skin-to-skin against their mother); vocal, visual and multi-sensory stimulation; normalizing parental feelings; challenging dysfunctional thinking, and diary keeping.

Intervention code [1] 0 0
Behaviour
Comparator / control treatment
Control group

Outcomes
Primary outcome [1] 0 0
Functional magnetic resonance imaging
Timepoint [1] 0 0
Preterm infants at full-term equivalent age (40 weeks post-menstrual age)
Primary outcome [2] 0 0
Functional magnetic resonance imaging
Timepoint [2] 0 0
Preterm infants at full-term equivalent age (40 weeks post-menstrual age)
Secondary outcome [1] 0 0
Short-term medical stability
Timepoint [1] 0 0
Birth to full-term eqivalent age (40 weeks post-menstrual age)
Secondary outcome [2] 0 0
Short-term medical stability
Timepoint [2] 0 0
Birth to full-term eqivalent age (40 weeks post-menstrual age)

Eligibility
Key inclusion criteria
- > 30 weeks gestation
Minimum age
No limit
Maximum age
No limit
Gender
Females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
No
Key exclusion criteria
- insufficient English

- congenital abnormality

- triplets and higher multiple births

- residence > 100 km from study site

Study design
Purpose of the study
Treatment
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?
The people receiving the treatment/s

The people assessing the outcomes
Intervention assignment
Parallel
Other design features
Phase
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment
Recruitment status
Completed
Data analysis
Reason for early stopping/withdrawal
Other reasons
Date of first participant enrolment
Anticipated
Actual
Date of last participant enrolment
Anticipated
Actual
Date of last data collection
Anticipated
Actual
Sample size
Target
Accrual to date
Final
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
VIC
Recruitment hospital [1] 0 0
Austin Health - Melbourne
Recruitment hospital [2] 0 0
Jeannette Milgrom - Melbourne
Recruitment postcode(s) [1] 0 0
3081 - Melbourne
Recruitment postcode(s) [2] 0 0
VIC 3081 - Melbourne

Funding & Sponsors
Primary sponsor type
Other
Name
University of Melbourne
Address
Country
Other collaborator category [1] 0 0
Other
Name [1] 0 0
The Financial Markets Foundation for Children
Address [1] 0 0
Country [1] 0 0
Other collaborator category [2] 0 0
Other
Name [2] 0 0
The Financial Markets Foundation for Children
Address [2] 0 0
Country [2] 0 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status

Summary
Brief summary
Immediately following birth, preterm infants face a period of stressful environmental inputs,
which may have negative consequences on early brain development and subsequent
neurobehavioral outcomes. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of training parents in
reducing stressful experiences early in life. The investigators hypothesized that this
intervention would insulate preterm infants from the harmful effects of acute and chronic
stress, which in turn would result in enhanced brain development. The primary aim of the
current study was to investigate if this intervention was associated with improved brain
development measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at term-equivalent age. A secondary
aim was to assess some possible short-term medical benefits.
Trial website
https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00883974
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Contacts
Principal investigator
Name 0 0
Jeannette Milgrom, PhD
Address 0 0
University of Melbourne/Austin Health
Country 0 0
Phone 0 0
Fax 0 0
Email 0 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 0 0
Address 0 0
Country 0 0
Phone 0 0
Fax 0 0
Email 0 0
Contact person for scientific queries

Summary results
Other publications