The financial burden experienced by families of preterm infants after NICU discharge

Ashwini Lakshmanan, Ashley Y. Song, Mandy B. Belfort, Leah Yieh, Dmitry Dukhovny, Philippe S. Friedlich, Cynthia L. Gong

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Abstract

Background and objectives: Describe the financial burden and worry that families of preterm infants experience after discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Methods: We surveyed 365 parents of preterm infants in a cross-sectional study regarding socio-demographics, supplemental security income (SSI), and financial worry. We completed a multivariable logistic regression model to examine the adjusted association of financial worry with modifiable factors. Results: We found that 53% of participants worried about healthcare costs after NICU discharge. After adjusting for socio-demographic and infant characteristics, we identified that, aOR (95% CI), out-of-pocket costs from the NICU index hospitalization, 3.51 (1.7, 7.26) and durable medical equipment use, 2.41 (1.11, 5.23) was associated with increased financial worry while enrollment in SSI, 0.38 (0.19, 0.76) was associated with decreased financial worry. Conclusions: We identified factors that could contribute to financial burden after NICU discharge that may advise future work to target financial support systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Perinatology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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