Journal of Education and Health Promotion

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Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 96-

Effect of Kangaroo Mother Care on hospital management indicators: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials


Mahdi Jafari1, Fatemeh Farajzadeh2, Zoleikha Asgharlu3, Naser Derakhshani4, Yousof Pashaei Asl5,  
1 Department of Health Services Management, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Health Services Management, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, International Campus (IUMS-IC), Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Midwifery, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
4 Health Management and Economics Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5 Department of Health Services Management, Iranian Center of Excellence in Health Management, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Fatemeh Farajzadeh
Department of Health Services Management, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, International Campus (IUMS-IC), Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
Iran

Abstract

Results of previous studies about the effect of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) on hospital management indicators (HMIs) (length of stay [LOS], readmission to hospital, parent satisfaction, and parent's preference for same postdelivery care) had high confusions. The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on the effect of KMC on HMI in comparison with the conventional neonatal care (CNC). In this systematic review and meta-analysis study, required data were collected by searching the following keywords: “length of stay,” “readmission to hospital,” satisfaction,” same post-delivery,” “hospital management,” indicators, “skin-to-skin,” “Kangaroo Mother Care,” randomized trial. The following databases were searched: Google Scholar, PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, and Cochrane. To estimate the hospital management indicators, computer software Comprehensive Meta-Analysis 2 was used. Finally, 18 articles were included to analysis. The overall LOS standard different between groups (KMC vs. CNC) was − 0.91 days (95% confidence interval [CI], −2.14–0.32, Q = 25.6, df = 10, P = 0.004, I2 = 60.98). The overall readmission to hospital standard different between groups was − 1.78% (95% CI, −1.21%–0.86%, Q = 0.024, df = 1, P = 0.87, I2 = 0.00). The overall parent satisfaction standard different between groups was 5.3% (95% CI, −32.4%–43%, Q = 0.052, df = 2, P = 0.97, I2 = 0.00). The overall standard different between groups was 16.2% (95% CI, −24.7%–57.1%, Q = 0.040, df = 1, P = 0.84, I2 = 0.00). KMC improves HMI but not significantly. According to the current study result and other studies that report positive effect of KMC on health status of the newborns and parents, implemented of KMC in low- and middle-income countries recommended.



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Jafari M, Farajzadeh F, Asgharlu Z, Derakhshani N, Asl YP. Effect of Kangaroo Mother Care on hospital management indicators: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.J Edu Health Promot 2019;8:96-96


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 Introduction



Among the existing groups in the community, babies' health has a higher priority in receiving health services because of a direct connection with public health, which requires the government and communities to pay more attention to this issue.[1],[2],[3]

Healthy babies are the real wealth of societies that their survival and health are considered community-driven development, in addition to their importance as the human and individual right.[4] Due to certain physical circumstances and the rapid growth and influence of various environmental factors, etc., babies are considered the most vulnerable segments of society and they need appropriate health care and treatment with high quality.[5],[6],[7],[8],[9],[10]

One of the most important factors in care of neonatal is midwifery care and interventions, including mother–neonate separation immediately after birth, which can lead to adverse impacts on infants and their parents.[11] To alleviate this issue, Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) technique has been recommended by the WHO. It is a type of neonatal care practice, in which the neonate is carried while having skin-to-skin contact with their parent.[12]

Evidence and records of the studies introduce the effectiveness of KMC's criteria in reducing babies' mortality, complications, reinforce breastfeeding, growth, and heat protection of baby and improving other physiological parameters.[12],[13],[14],[15],[16],[17],[18],[19],[20],[21] In addition to the impact of the KMC on the babies and their parents, the studies' results show the effect of this method on some indicators of hospital management.[22],[23],[24],[25],[26],[27]

Results of previous studies about the effect of KMC on hospital management indicators (HMIs) (length of stay [LOS], readmission to hospital, parent satisfaction, and parent's preference for same postdelivery care) had high confusions. In this regard, the aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on the effect of KMC on HMI in comparison with the conventional neonatal care (CNC).

 Methods



Current systematic review and meta-analysis study were conducted in 2016, using the approach of systematic review adopted from the book entitled, “A Systematic Review to Support Evidence-Based Medicine.”[28] Also in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.[29],[30],[31]

Inclusion and excluded criteria

The eligibility criteria for inclusion or exclusion of articles are summarized in [Table 1].{Table 1}

Information sources and search strategy

Required data were collected by searching the following keywords: “length of stay,” “readmission to hospital,” satisfaction,” same post-delivery,” “hospital management,” indicators, “skin-to-skin,” “Kangaroo Mother Care,” “randomized trial.” The complete search strategy for PubMed databases is shown in [Table 2]. The search of databases was done through two of the researcher who had enough experience in search (J.M and D.N).{Table 2}

The following databases were searched: Google Scholar, PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. Furthermore, manual search was conducted by two authors (J.M and D.N) in some of the relevant journals and websites. These authors also reviewed and selected articles reference of reference, grey literature, and expert contact also were done. Two authors (P.H and A.Z) independently assessed the relevant full-text articles for eligibility according to the predefined criteria. Any disagreements between investigators were resolved through discussing with third and fourth investigator (F.F and P.H).

Review process

Two authors (J.M and F.F) who had enough experience and knowledge were responsible for independent extraction of the data. Two extraction tables were designed in the first phase of the review process which included the following items:

Characteristics of studies

Name of first author, article published year, country, sample size, gestational age (week), birth weight (g), delivery type (% of cesarean), KMC duration per day (hours), KMC start time.

Hospital management indicators

First author's name, study publish year, LOS, readmission to hospital, parent satisfaction, and parent's preference for the same postdelivery care. Validity of the designed tables improved using three hospital managers', four obstetricians', and five midwifery experts' opinion. A pilot study was conducted to more improvement of the tables.

Assessment of risk of bias

The risk of bias of included articles was evaluated with the criteria outlined in the Cochrane Handbook.[32] These criteria included six dimensions of risk of bias: sequence generation, allocation concealment, blinding, incomplete outcome data, selective outcome reporting, and other sources of bias. The result of risk of bias assessment with this tool included low risk of bias, high risk of bias, and unclear or unknown.

Data analysis

Computer software Comprehensive Meta-Analysis 2 (Englewood, NJ, USA) was employed to estimate the HMI. Forest plot was used for reporting the indicators. Sample size is shown in the forest plot by the size of each square. Confidence interval (CI) is shown by lines on each side of the square. HMIs were calculated based on fixed and random effect model with 95% CI. Heterogeneity between studies was assessed using I2 (I2 ≥50% indicates heterogeneity). Funnel plot was used to assess the possibility of publication bias.

 Results



Of 290 identified articles, finally, 18 articles included in the analysis [Figure 1]. As seen in [Figure 1], 156 studies excluded due to duplication. In the next phase, 98 articles were excluded in abstracts and titles screening and seven further articles excluded in full-text review phase.{Figure 1}

Characteristics of included studies and HMI results are summarized in [Table 3] and [Table 4], respectively. Studies reviewed in the current study had been conducted in 11 countries, mainly in India (7 studies). 1190 (66.1 people/per study) participants in the KMC group and 1157 (64.2 people/per study) participants in the CNC group were examined. The average gestational age of participants in KMC group was 34.9 weeks and in CNC group was 35 weeks. The mean birth weight was 2060.2 ± 928.1 g and 2028 ± 890.6 g in the KMC and CNC groups, respectively. Cesarean contains 53.8% of deliveries type. The mean length of KMC was nearly 4 h per day. In eight studies, KMC was initiated immediately.{Table 3}{Table 4}

The overall LOS standard different between groups (KMC vs. CNC) was −0.91 days (95% CI, −2.14–0.32, Q = 25.6, df = 10, P = 0.004, I2 = 60.98). This difference was not significant (P < 0.05). Difference between groups in low birth weight (LBW) was −0.72 days (95% CI, −2.54–1.11, Q = 4.39, df = 4, P = 0.35, I2 = 8.93). Difference between groups in very LBW (VLBW) was −1.07 days (95% CI, −2.73–0.60, Q = 21.16, df = 5, P = 0.001, I2 = 76.37) [Figure 2].{Figure 2}

Only two studies find that report readmission to hospital different between groups (KMC vs. CNC) in LBW infant. According to results of these studies, the overall readmission to hospital standard different between groups was −1.78% (95% CI, −1.21%–0.86%, Q = 0.024, df = 1, P = 0.87, I2 = 0.00) [Figure 3]. This difference was not significant (P < 0.05).{Figure 3}

Parent satisfaction different between groups (KMC vs. CNC) in normal weight infant were reported in four studies that three studies result included to analysis (in one study parent satisfaction was not report in CNC group). According to the results of these studies, the overall parent satisfaction standard different between groups was 5.3% (95% CI, −32.4%–43%, Q = 0.052, df = 2, P = 0.97, I2 = 0.00) [Figure 4]. This difference was not significant (P < 0.05).{Figure 4}

Parents preference for same postdelivery care different between groups (KMC vs. CNC) in normal weight infant was reported in three studies, but the results of two studies included to analysis (in one study, preference for same postdelivery care was not report in CNC group). According to results of these studies, the overall standard different between groups was 16.2% (95% CI, −24.7%–57.1%, Q = 0.040, df = 1, P = 0.84, I2 = 0.00) [Figure 5]. This difference was not significant (P < 0.05).{Figure 5}

The result from the risk of bias evaluation showed that many of studies had high risk of bias (8 studies) [Table 5]. Four studies had low risk of bias and six studies had unclear risk of bias.{Table 5}

 Discussion



The overall LOS standard different between groups (KMC vs. CNC) was −0.91 days (95% CI, −2.14-0.32, Q = 25.6, df = 10, P = 0.004, I2 = 60.98). The overall readmission to hospital standard different between groups was −1.78% (95% CI, −1.21%–0.86%, Q = 0.024, df = 1, P = 0.87, I2 = 0.00). The overall parent satisfaction standard different between groups was 5.3% (95% CI, −32.4%–43%, Q = 0.052, df = 2, P = 0.97, I2 = 0.00). The overall standard different between groups was 16.2% (95% CI, −24.7%–57.1%, Q = 0.040, df = 1, P = 0.84, I2 = 0.00). Result from the risk of bias evaluation showed that the many of studies had high risk of bias.

As mentioned, the results of this study showed that although KMC reduced LOS, this reduction was not statistically significant. This finding is consistent with the systematic review findings of Boundy et al., who have examined the results of 12 observational and interventional studies.[45] However, the systematic review results of Conde-Agudelo et al. in 2011 that have assessed the results of nine clinical trials showed that KMC has a significant effect in reducing LOS.[46] In addition, the results of some other studies indicate the significant effect of KMC in reducing the LOS.[47],[48] The difference results of these studies could be in the inclusion and exclusion criteria of articles, the number and the time of reviewing articles, and babies' identification. Anyway, like most hospital indicators, LOS influenced by many factors and KMC alone cannot determine LOS in babies. The important thing to note is that, in none of the reviewed studies, other factors that could affect the LOS of babies have not considered and the results of studies in this area have not adjusted. Therefore, it is recommended that the researchers pay attention to this issue in future studies.

However, the rate of readmission was lower in the KMC, but this difference was not statistically significant. This finding is consistent with the study results of Sloan et al.[49] Since the main target group of KMC in babies has been LBW and VLBW. In this study, the majority of babies were in this group, and these babies are facing with many complications after discharge from the hospital. Evaluating potential readmission criteria can be along with many protections, and therefore, researchers must be careful in calculating the index.

Parental satisfaction with the group of KMC was higher than the CNC group. Different studies have shown that KMC has a large positive impact on morale, comfort and in the total satisfaction of parents.[50],[51],[52] As noted, babies KMC main target group is LBW and VLBW. Mothers who have babies with these features often blame themselves for their newborns' conditions and are experiencing many mental health problems. In the KMC, mothers feel that they have an important role in the recovery of their baby and have a close relationship with their baby and are more satisfied. However, studies in the field of parental consent from KMC are limited and require further studies in this field.

Limitation

The main limitation of this study was incomplete reported data in reviewed articles. The importance of these incomplete reported data was type of delivery, length of KMC, and KMC initiation time, which imposed limitation to some subgroup analyses. Due to the limitations of this study, it is suggested to use the consort guideline for studies such as randomized clinical trials. It is also suggested that the editors and reviewers at journals have been more sensitive to the format of the report and the appropriateness of the results of the articles.

 Conclusion



This study results showed that despite the HMI improvement by KMC, the rate of improvement was not statistically significant. However, given the high importance and effectiveness of the HMI, influence, though a little, in these indexes can contain many other results. Thus, according to the results of this study and the results of other studies that show the positive impact of KMC in clinical and physiological indices of babies and the parents, the development of KMC in hospitals, especially in countries with limited health care resources, is recommended.

Acknowledgments

We wish to acknowledge Dr. Hojat Gharaee and Dr. Ramin Rezapour for helpful consultation.

Financial support and sponsorship

This study was financially supported by Iran University of Medical Sciences.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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