New Review Published! The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system for supporting caregivers and improving outcomes in caregivers and their infants

New Cochrane Intervention Review published on 'The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system for supporting caregivers and improving outcomes in caregivers and their infants'.

This review assessed the effects of the NBAS and NBO system for improving caregiver-infant interaction and related outcomes in caregivers and newborn babies; whether the NBAS and NBO were more effective for particular groups of infants or parents; and the factors associated with increased effectiveness. 

The review included 16 studies (13 = NBAS; 3 = NBO) for improving outcomes in 851 participants in the USA between 1981 and 2015.

The authors concluded that:

"There is currently only very low-quality evidence for the effectiveness of the NBAS and NBO in terms of improving parent-infant interaction for mostly low-risk, first-time caregivers and their infants. Further research is underway regarding the effectiveness of the NBO and is necessary to corroborate these results."

Read the full review at: Barlow J, Herath NINS, Bartram Torrance C, Bennett C, Wei Y. The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) and Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system for supporting caregivers and improving outcomes in caregivers and their infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD011754. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011754.pub2