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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337


PERKS, Lauren Michelle; RENCKEN, Gina  and  GOVENDER, Pragashnie. Therapists' consensus on an infant massage programme for high-risk infants from resource constrained contexts: a delphi study. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2020, vol.50, n.3, pp.72-82. ISSN 2310-3833.

BACKGROUND: There are various infant massage programmes designed for infants born without complications, but there are limited options available for caregivers with high-risk infants from a resource-constrained contextAIM: This study aimed to develop a caregiver-initiated infant massage programme specific for high-risk infants in a resource-constrained context to facilitate the bonding and attachment process between this dyadMETHOD: A three-round Delphi study was conducted with purposively selected physiotherapists and occupational therapists with experience in the field of high-risk babies in a resource-constrained context. The design of the round one survey was informed by the available literature, and the subsequent two rounds of surveys were designed based on the prior rounds. Iteration of results was provided prior to the subsequent roundsRESULTS: Attrition between rounds occurred from an initial 14 participants in round one to 8 participants in round three. Consensus on 19 massage strokes were achieved in addition to considerations for implementation of the programme with this populationCONCLUSION: The implication of attrition requires further study. Notwithstanding this, an infant massage programme for high-risk infants was developed with the inclusion of considerations for this dyad's social and medical context

Keywords : Infant massage; Infant massage programme; High-risk infants; Delphi technique; Bonding.

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