This systematic review aims to evaluate the quality of studies and synthesize the literature on multisensory stimulation (MSS) on procedural pain among hospitalized preterm neonates.
Summary of Key Points:
Search strategies were applied to PubMed/Medline, CINAHL, SCOPUS, and PEDro. A total of 414 studies were identified, 104 were screened, and 4 were included. Two independent reviewers extracted data from identified studies that were synthesized qualitatively and quantitatively.
Conclusion and Recommendations for Clinical Practice:
There is strong evidence of MSS in decreasing procedural pain, but additional research is needed to identify the beneficial effects of MSS with a standardized protocol to promote good clinical practice in neonatal intensive care settings.
What This Adds to the Evidence:
High-quality evidence supports beneficial effects of MSS, but standardization of the MSS protocol and its administration needs to be established.