Healthcare Practices Related to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Johnson, Muriel Mikayla (2019) Healthcare Practices Related to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of John Green from Sociology & Anthropology, The University of Mississippi.

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The incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is abounding in hospitals across the nation due to the recent surge in opioid abuse. This thesis explores the variation in protocols and guidelines used by healthcare practitioners concerning NAS. This study consisted of a literature review as well as observations and interviews with healthcare practitioners in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). The literature review revealed there has been a greater increase in NAS among rural areas, and there is currently no national standardized protocol for the treatment of NAS. Field notes taken during the interviews and observations confirmed the literature in that each NICU’s protocol varied, although they were similar in many aspects. Five main themes were identified from the field notes, as well. In conclusion, it may prove beneficial to look into the development process of similar disease protocols such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) to gain insight to aid in the creation of a standardized protocol for NAS.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Johnson, Muriel Mikayla
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S. in Biology
Thesis Advisor: John Green
Thesis Advisor's Department: Sociology & Anthropology
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Depositing User: Muriel Mikayla Johnson
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 18:26
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 18:26

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