Procedural pain heart rate responses in massaged preterm infants

Miguel A. Diego, Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif

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Heart rate (HR) responses to the removal of a monitoring lead were assessed in 56 preterm infants who received moderate pressure, light pressure or no massage therapy. The infants who received moderate pressure massage therapy exhibited lower increases in HR suggesting an attenuated pain response. The heart rate of infants who received moderate pressure massage also returned to baseline faster than the heart rate of the other two groups, suggesting a faster recovery rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-229
Number of pages4
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009



  • Heart rate
  • Infant
  • Massage
  • Pain
  • Preterm
  • Touch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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