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(Temuco)Comparison of psychomotor development of moderate-late preterm infants and term newborns of 12-18 months.
Universidad de la Frontera
Department of Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de La Frontera. Claro Solar 115, Temuco, Chile.
PhD. Christian Herrera
PhD. Nelly Luza
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Prematurity has been historically described as the main contributor to infant mortality and morbidity, it is associated with delayed psychomotor development, cognitive and behavioral alterations. The care for late preterm infants is renewed in the context of the 2005 World Consensus, since within the conclusions they are considered as a new group of biological risk, given that, when compared with term newborns (gestational age greater than 37 weeks), they have higher rates of morbidity (both short and long term) and mortality, due to their relative physiological and metabolic immaturity, although they sometimes have weights similar to term newborns. In the long term, most studies indicate that late preterm infants present prevalences of psychomotor development deficit, learning difficulties, behavioral problems and lower school performance compared to full-term infants. This is why the objective of the study is to determine if there is a difference in psychomotor development between moderate-late preterm infants and term newborns at 12-18 months of age.
What is the aim of the project?
To determine if there is a difference in the psychomotor development between moderate-late preterm infants and term newborns at 12-18 months of age.
What techniques and methods are used?
Methodology: An analytical cross-sectional study. The stdy will contemplate infants between 12 and 18 months of age from the city of Temuco, which will be divided into two groups, according to whether they are premature-moderate or late-term infants. Afterwars, the Children's Learning and Development Test (TADI) will be applied, to categorize them and, by this method, establish if there are differences in these variables.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
- Extract information from research papers (full text) - Accompany the evaluators and observe them while they perform the evaluations, and take notes as well while the information is collected. - Have 2 weekly meetings with at least one of the tutors to conversate about the progress.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
No, but there will be some instances where the tutor will hand some sheets for personal study of the student.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Basic notion and knowledge about critical reading of scientific papers.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students
- Radmilović G; Matijević V; Zavoreo I .Comparison of Psychomotor Development Screening Test and Clinical Assessment of Psychomotor Development. Acta Clin Croat. 2016 Dec;55(4):600-606
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