Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Education Implementation among Rural Health Care Providers
AuthorHawk, Chantal Sue
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractBackground: Opiate use has increased among pregnant women, thus causing an increase in newborns born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), an opioid withdrawal syndrome that occurs in newborns following the delivery period. The rate of NAS newborns continues to rise in rural communities. The Mat-Su Borough in Alaska has the highest rate of NAS newborns, thus making it important that this population of providers is aware of developmental outcomes children may encounter. Purpose: The purpose of this DNP project was to develop and evaluate an evidence-based educational presentation on the potential developmental effects on NAS infants. This project required the development of an evidence-based presentation creation and the assessment of the knowledge gained by providers whom attended the presentation. Methods: This DNP project utilized a pre-test/post-test approach with an educational presentation to Pediatric Primary Care Providers at Ptarmigan Pediatrics in Wasilla, Alaska. There was a live presentation on September 10, 2018, which yielded three participants and a recorded presentation that yielded another two participants. Data analysis was accomplished by utilizing descriptive statistics. Results: There was a total of five participants, in which there was a 60%-80% correct answers on the pre-test. Following the presentation intervention, the post-test scores were 100% from all five providers. Discussion: The knowledge that was gained by providers during the presentation will greatly improve their care for children affected by NAS. Further research and dissemination should be considered and completed in order to care for this high risk population.
Degree ProgramGraduate College