Relevant Degree Programs
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neonatology, pediatrics, occupational therapy, measurement, rehabilitation
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- Pilot Testing a Robot for Reducing Pain in Hospitalized Preterm Infants (2019)
OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 39 (2), 108--115
- A Systematic Review of the Predictive Validity of Neurobehavioral Assessments During the Preterm Period (2017)
Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 37 (3), 292-307
- Defining procedural distress in the NICU and what can be done about It (2017)
Neonatal Network, 36 (1), 12-17
- Evaluating change in virtual reality adoption for brain injury rehabilitation following knowledge translation (2017)
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 12 (3), 217-226
- Beyond Acute Pain: Understanding Chronic Pain in Infancy (2016)
- Comment on the Paper by van den Bosch et al. Entitled 'Prematurity, Opioid Exposure and Neonatal Pain: Do They Affect the Developing Brain': The Impact of Subtle Messaging. (2016)
- Salivary Cortisol Based Early ACTH Test for Identifying Adrenal Insufficiency in Low Birth Weight Infants. (2016)
- A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Use of Oral Glucose with or without Gentle Facilitated Tucking of Infants during Neonatal Echocardiography. (2015)
- Neonatal pain and developmental outcomes in children born preterm: a systematic review. (2015)
- Oral glucose during targeted neonatal echocardiography: is it useful? (2015)
- Perceptions of Technology and Its Use for Therapeutic Application for Individuals With Hemiparesis: Findings From Adult and Pediatric Focus Groups (2015)
JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies,
- The development of the Pediatric Motivation Scale for rehabilitation. (2015)
- The fathers'support scale: Neonatal intensive care unit (FSS: NICU): Development and initial content validation (2015)
Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 21 (2), 63-71
- Therapists' perceptions of social media and video game technologies in upper limb rehabilitation. (2015)
- Using colors to assess pain in toddlers: validation of "the rainbow pain scale"-a proof-of-principle study. (2015)
- The effects of motivating interventions on rehabilitation outcomes in children and youth with acquired brain injuries: a systematic review. (2014)
- The GestureTek virtual reality system in rehabilitation: a scoping review. (2014)
- Using virtual reality in clinical practice: A multi-site exploratory study. (2014)
- Evidence for outcomes of motivational rehabilitation interventions for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy: an American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine systematic review. (2013)
- Factors influencing therapists' adoption of virtual reality for brain injury rehabilitation. (2013)
- Occupational therapists play an important role in managing pain in infants in neonatal intensive care units | Les ergothérapeutes jouent un rôle déterminant dans la gestion de la douleur chez les bébés dans les unités de soins intensifs en néonatalogie (2012)
Occupational Therapy Now, 14 (5), 8-9
- Pain in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (2012)
- Terms used to describe pediatric videofluoroscopic feeding studies: a Delphi survey. (2012)
- The use of an early ACTH test to identify hypoadrenalism-related hypotension in low birth weight infants. (2012)
- Assessing pain in preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit: moving to a 'brain-oriented' approach. (2011)
- Does breastfeeding reduce acute procedural pain in preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit? A randomized clinical trial. (2011)
- A preventive care program for very preterm infants improves infant behavioural outcomes and decreases anxiety and depression in caregivers. (2010)
- Considerations for using sucrose to reduce procedural pain in preterm infants. (2010)
- Content validation of the infant malnutrition and feeding checklist for congenital heart disease: a tool to identify risk of malnutrition and feeding difficulties in infants with congenital heart disease. (2010)
- Measures of knowledge and skills for evidence-based practice: a systematic review. (2010)
- Paediatric occupational therapy: addressing parental stress with the sense of coherence. (2010)
- Fathers' experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit: a search for control. (2008)
- Is it painful or not? Discriminant validity of the Behavioral Indicators of Infant Pain (BIIP) scale. (2008)
- Long-term outcome after neonatal intraparenchymal echodensities with porencephaly. (2008)
- Obsessional slowness: a case study. (2008)
- Extremity movements help occupational therapists identify stress responses in preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit: a systematic review. (2007)
- Initial validation of the Behavioral Indicators of Infant Pain (BIIP). (2007)
- Relationships between adrenocorticotropic hormone and cortisol are altered during clustered nursing care in preterm infants born at extremely low gestational age. (2007)
- Behavioral responses to pain are heightened after clustered care in preterm infants born between 30 and 32 weeks gestational age. (2006)
- Biobehavioural reactivity to pain in preterm infants: a marker of neuromotor development. (2006)
- Long-term consequences of pain in human neonates. (2006)
- Neonatal procedural pain exposure predicts lower cortisol and behavioral reactivity in preterm infants in the NICU. (2005)
- Prior pain induces heightened motor responses during clustered care in preterm infants in the NICU. (2005)
- Does prone or supine position influence pain responses in preterm infants at 32 weeks gestational age? (2004)
- Specific Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program movements are associated with acute pain in preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. (2004)
- Are there developmentally distinct motor indicators of pain in preterm infants? (2003)
- Developmental coordination disorder in extremely low birth weight children at nine years. (2002)
- Are twitches, startles, and body movements pain indicators in extremely low birth weight infants? (2000)
- Bedside application of the Neonatal Facial Coding System in pain assessment of premature neonates. (1998)
- Upper extremity performance and self-care skill changes in children with spastic cerebral palsy following selective posterior rhizotomy. (1998)
- Extremely premature (< or = 800 g) schoolchildren: multiple areas of hidden disability. (1997)