Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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PAIRED Initiative



Family-Centered Care in the NICU

Family-centered care (FCC) is a shared approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnership among health care professionals, patients, and families. FCC assures that health care is responsive to priorities, preferences, and values of patients and their families. FCC recognizes that families are essential partners not only to improve the quality and safety of health care for the patient, but also to improve outcomes for the family.

The PAIRED Initiative is currently being piloted by 17 hospitals. Recruitment of hospitals for the expanded PAIRED Initiative is now open.  Click on the links below to review the application guide and to apply.



About the Pilot Initiative

We have designed PAIRED to help NICUs develop and implement unit-specific strategies that will improve how a family engages with the NICU staff to assist in the care of their infant in a way that provides value to the family and to the NICU team. As its centerpiece project, this initiative will facilitate adoption or expansion of safe skin-to-skin care, which has a growing evidence base for achieving better infant and family outcomes.