A step forward to promote cross-cultural research in neonatal care

In a recent published meta-analytic study, we have showed that there is substantial lack of research on the stress levels experienced by parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in many countries. Among the barriers to inclusive research there is the lack of validated tools translated in local languages.


Thanks to a collaboration with Dr. Dina Rabie (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt) and Nashwa Matta (Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland) we recently published an Arabic version of the well-known Parental Stressor Scale for NICUs (PSS:NICU) tool.


This tool provides reliable quantitative estimates of self-reported parental stress. We also added a traslated and adapted version of the Nurse Parental Support Tool (NPST), which complete the PSS:NICU by providing self-report ratings of perceived support received by parents.

This is a small but significant step forward that makes two internationally validated and well-acknowledged tools available for research and clinical purposes in Arabic-speaking countries. This is warranted to facilitate cross-cultural research in the near future and to bridge the gap between different degrees of data availability in western and non-western countries.

Citation: Rabie D, Provenzi L, Matta N, Montirosso R (2020) Reliability and validity of the arabic version of the parental stressor scale and nurse parental support tool. Opening up research on parental needs in neonatal intensive care units in Egypt. Advances in Neonatal Care, in press.


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