Research to date suggests that kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin care, is safe and therapeutic for the infant and the parent. A review of the kangaroo/ skin-to-skin care research found that the practice is safe and has many positive outcomes. This article closely examines recent research results. It compares and contrasts the strengths and weaknesses in the sampling, methodology, and outcomes of the studies. Recommendations for implementation in the neonatal intensive care unit are made and goals for future research areas are identified.
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