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COLAMEO, Ana Júlia  and  REA, Marina Ferreira. Kangaroo Mother Care in public hospitals in the State of São Paulo, Brazil: an analysis of the implementation process. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.3, pp.597-607. ISSN 1678-4464.

This study analyzed the implementation of the Kangaroo Mother method in 28 different São Paulo State public hospitals. Teaching hospitals, Baby-Friendly Hospitals, hospitals with human milk banks, and those with more than 12 trained health professionals showed higher implementation scores. Because of staff resistance to family participation in neonatal care, the Kangaroo Mother method is basically applied in-hospital. Changes in the initial training, including manager awareness-raising and proper financial resource allocation, are necessary for implementation, follow-up, assessment, and feedback.

Keywords : Kangaroo Mother Method; Premature Infant; Health Policy.

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