‘Verba volant, scripta manent’: breastfeeding information and health messages provided to parents in the neonatal discharge summary in the Lazio Region, Italy

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Objective. We aimed to evaluate the contents of the neonatal discharge summary (NDS), an important communication tool that should contain evidence-based information.
Methods. A quali-quantitative study of NDSs delivered from 29 hospitals of Lazio (Italy) in 2014 and 2017 was conducted. We used content analysis to assess the written information and logistic regression to estimate the association between outcomes (compliance with the International Code, health messages, and information on neonatal screenings) and some hospital’s characteristics.
Results. NDSs conforming to International Code were associated with low rate of C-section (p<0.05). Hospitals belonging to Local Health Authorities (p<0.05) and with a lower prevalence of C-section (p<0.05) had a greater attitude to promote infant health. The year of collection was associated with information on neonatal screenings (p<0.05).
Conclusions. An effort is required by hospitals to reduce their level of medicalization, in clinical practice and prescriptive attitudes, which affects the NDSs delivered to parents.

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Sofia Colaceci - a) National Centre for diseases Prevention and Health Promotion - National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy; b) Saint Camillus International University of Health and Medical Sciences (UniCamillus);

Elise Merrill Chapin - c) Italian National Committee for UNICEF, Rome, Italy;

Francesca Zambri - a) National Centre for diseases Prevention and Health Promotion - National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy; d) University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy;

Laura Reali - e) Local Health Authority Rome 1, Rome, Italy;

Lisa Cedrone - d) University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy;

Anita Del Brocco - d) University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy;

Mariagiovanna Masi - d) University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy;

Ameni Mohamed - d) University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy;

Federica Dellafiore - f) Health Professions Research and Development Unit - IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Milan, Italy;

Stefania Nichinonni - g) Training Group Breastfeeding for Lazio Region, Rome, Italy

Angela Giusti - a) National Centre for diseases Prevention and Health Promotion - National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy;

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Colaceci, S., Chapin, E. M., Zambri, F., Reali, L., Cedrone, L., Del Brocco, A., Masi, M., Mohamed, A., Dellafiore, F., Nichinonni, S., & Giusti, A. (2020). ‘Verba volant, scripta manent’: breastfeeding information and health messages provided to parents in the neonatal discharge summary in the Lazio Region, Italy. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 56(2), 142-149. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/970
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