Home Phototherapy for Newborn Jaundice


  • Judith Ellis Ph.D.

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    1. Judith Ellis is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has a doctorate in sociology. As a certified childbirth educator she has taught expectant and new parents for 8 years. She is a health services analyst with the Alameda County Health Department in Oakland, California.
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Home phototherapy programs for otherwise healthy term newborns are becoming popular because they do not necessitate the separation of the newborn from the family and are less costly than the same care delivered in hospital. Home phototherapy may operate under the auspices of a hospital or affiliated home health care agency, a private pediatric practice, or an independent nurse practice. Important elements of all programs include mechanisms for referral, criteria for selection of families, and monitoring the use of the bililights and the baby's progress during home visits by nurses. Programs we surveyed have been well received by parents. Caregivers report few problems or complications.