The Study of Attitudes and Factors Effecting PREterm infant care Practices (SAFE-PREP)
SAFE-PREP is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD). The purpose of this study is to determine prevalence of adherence to American Academy of Pediatrics recommended infant care practices that are associated with reduction in Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) among mothers of preterm infants (gestation age <37 weeks) and to examine factors that contribute to non-adherence. This project expands on a previous study entitled SAFE (Study of Attitudes and Factors Effecting infant care Practices), which tracked adherence to the same behaviors in mothers of primarily healthy term infants (<37 weeks).
A nationally representative sample of 30 hospitals that provide care for preterm infants will be recruited for participation. At these hospitals, a representative sample of 1,500 mothers will be enrolled prior to the discharge of their preterm infant(s). Following enrollment, baseline data and tracking information will be collected. Follow-up data regarding infant care practices and/or factors potentially associated with those practices will be collected via detailed web-based or phone surveys at 4 to 8 weeks and 4 to 6 months post discharge.
The SAFE-PREP study utilizes a mixed-methods design informed by the Theory of Planned Behavior framework for studying maternal behavior. We will examine safe sleep, feeding, and smoking practices among mothers of preterm infants and factors unique to mother-preterm infant dyads that contribute to non-adherence to these practices.
Investigators and Study Staff
- Principal Investigator: Margaret Parker, MD (Boston Medical Center)
- Principal Investigator: Sunah Hwang, MD, MPH/MSPH (University of Colorado, Denver)
- Co-Investigator: Michael Corwin, MD (Slone Epidemiology Center)
- Co-Investigator: Eve Colson, MD, MPHE (Washington University of St. Louis)
- Co-Investigator: Timothy C. Heeren, PhD (Boston University School of Public Health)
Coordinators (Slone Epidemiology Center)
- Project Coordinator: Dawn C. Jacobs, RN, MPH
- Backup Project Coordinator: Lisa M. Crowell, BSN
- Research Assistant and Interviewer: Kyria Brown (University of Colorado, Denver)
- Co-Researcher and Interviewer: Bryanne Colvin, MD (Washington University of St. Louis)
- Research Assistant and Interviewer: Emma Forbes (Slone Epidemiology Center)
Spanish-Language Interviewers (Boston Medical Center)
- Adriana Lopera
- Ileana N. Herrera
Study Staff (Slone Epidemiology Center)
- Data Analytics: Stephen Kerr, MPH
- Information Technology: Michael Bairos, Nastia Dynkin
- Slone Administrative Team: Arthur Posocco, Richard Vezina