Liisa Lehtonen
MD, Professor in Pediatrics

Professor, Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (Department of Clinical Medicine)
The Head of the Division of Neonatology, Dept of Pediatrics
liisa.lehtonen@utu.fi







Areas of expertise
Neonatology; Preterm infants, Quality improvement; Family Centered Care; Developmental outcomes of preterm infants; Centralization

Biography


Professor Liisa Lehtonen, MD, is the Head of the Division of Neonatology at Turku University Hospital in Turku, Finland. Her research interest is to optimize the longterm outcomes of preterm infants. She leads the PIPARI Study group which has followed 232 very preterm infants since year 2001 (www.utu.fi/pipari) with the aim to identify risks and protective factors for the brain development of preterm infants. As parents' active participation in neonatal care seems to be an essential protective factor for longterm outcomes of preterm infants, professor Lehtonen and her team have developed an intervention to improve the skills of neonatal staff to collaborate with parents. The Close Collaboration with Parents training program is an intervention to make a change in neonatal care culture. A multidimensional implementation and evaluation study is ongoing to measure the impacts of the training from the perspectives of the staff, parents and the child.     



Research

Professor Liisa Lehtonen has got her post-doc research training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is leading large, longterm follow up studies at University of Turku related to the outcomes of preterm infants. Her interest is to find out care strategies protecting brain development and, thereby, optimizing the longterm developmental outcomes of preterm infants. The PIPARI Study (2001-) follows 232
very preterm infants (www.utu.fi/pipari). The implementation and evaluation study of the Close Collaboration with Parents training program studies how parents' presence and involvement can be supported in neonatal intensive care units and how parent-infant closeness affects child, parent and staff outcomes. The Close Collaboration with Parents training program has been implemented in 11 hospitals and two new units will start the program in 2018.

Professor Lehtonen has also led the PERFECT Preterm Study showing the benefits of centralizing preterm births to level III hospitals. She continues register studies as a part of iNeo Research group led from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada.  



Teaching

Professor Lehtonen is the chairperson of the Committee of Specialist Training at University of Turku. She represents University of Turku in the National Committee for Specialist Training at the Ministry of Health and Welfare.  



Publications
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An educational intervention for NICU staff decreased maternal postpartum depression (2019)
Pediatric Research
Pediatric Research
Ahlqvist-Björkroth S., Axelin A., Korja R., Lehtonen L.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Nasal high-flow therapy decreased electrical activity of the diaphragm in preterm infants during the weaning phase (2019)
Acta Paediatrica
Arata Oda, Vilhelmiina Parikka, Liisa Lehtonen, Ivan Porres, Hanna Soukka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Parents’ presence and participation in medical rounds in 11 European neonatal units (2019)
Early Human Development
Anette Aija, Liis Toome, Anna Axelin, Simo Raiskila, Liisa Lehtonen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

School performance is age appropriate with support services in very preterm children at 11 years of age (2019)
Acta Paediatrica
Anna Nyman, Tapio Korhonen, Liisa Lehtonen, Leena Haataja, PIPARI Study Group
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Association of Maternal Diabetes With Neonatal Outcomes of Very Preterm and Very Low-Birth-Weight Infants An International Cohort Study (2018)
JAMA Pediatrics
Persson M, Shah PS, Rusconi F, Reichman B, Modi N, Kusuda S, Lehtonen L, Hakansson S, Yang JM, Isayama T, Beltempo M, Lee S, Norman M; for the International Network for Evaluating Outcomes of Neonates
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Lower Apgar scores and Caesarean sections are related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (2018)
Acta Paediatrica
Sucksdorff M., Lehtonen L., Chudal R., Suominen A., Gissler M., Sourander A.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Mitä PIPARI-tutkimus on opettanut pikkukeskosten pitkäaikaiskehityksestä (2018)
Duodecim
Setänen S, Lehtonen L, Lapinleimu H, Haataja L
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Neonatal Outcomes of Very Preterm or Very Low Birth Weight Triplets (2018)
Pediatrics
Prakesh S. Shah, Satoshi Kusuda, Stellan Håkansson, Brian Reichman, Kei Lui, Liisa Lehtonen, Neena Modi, Maximo Vento, Mark Adams, Franca Rusconi, Mikael Norman, Brian A. Darlow, Abhay Lodha, Junmin Yang, Dirk Bassler, Kjell K. Helenius, Tetsuya Isayama, Shoo K. Lee; on behalf of the International Network for Evaluation of Outcomes (iNEO) in Neonates Investigators
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Neonatologists can impede or support parents' participation in decision-making during medical rounds in neonatal intensive care units (2018)
Acta Paediatrica
Anna Axelin, Jyri Outinen, Kirsi Lainema, Liisa Lehtonen, Linda S. Franck
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist can be used to wean infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernias off respiratory support (2018)
Acta Paediatrica
Arata Oda, Liisa Lehtonen, Hanna Soukka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Parent-Infant Closeness, Parents' Participation, and Nursing Support in Single-Family Room and Open Bay NICUs (2018)
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing
Tandberg B., Frøslie K., Flacking R., Grundt H., Lehtonen L., Moen A.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Respiratory Management of Extremely Preterm Infants: An International Survey (2018)
Neonatology
Beltempo, M., Isayama, T., Vento, M., Lui, K., Kusuda, S., Lehtonen, L., Sjörs, G., Håkansson, S., Adams, M., Noguchi, A., Reichman, B., Darlow, B.A., Morisaki, N., Bassler, D., Pratesi, S., Lee, S.K., Lodha, A., Modi, N., Helenius, K., Shah, P.S.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Variations in Oxygen Saturation Targeting, and Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening and Treatment Criteria in Neonatal Intensive Care Units: An International Survey (2018)
Neonatology
Darlow B.A., Vento M., Beltempo M., Lehtonen L., Håkansson S., Reichman B., Helenius K., Sjörs G., Sigali E., Lee S., Noguchi A., Morisaki N., Kusuda S., Bassler D., San Feliciano L., Adams M., Isayama T., Shah P.S., Lui K.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Close Collaboration with ParentsTM Intervention to Improve Parents' Psychological Well-being and Child Development: Description of the Intervention and Study Protocol (2017)
Behavioural Brain Research
Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, , Zack Boukydis, Anna Margareta Axelin, Liisa Lehtonen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Does the native language influence lexical composition in very preterm children at the age of two years? A cross-linguistic comparison study of Italian and Finnish children (2017)
First Language
Stolt S, Savini S, Guarini A, Caselli MC, Matomaki J, Lapinleimu H, Haataja L, Lehtonen L, Alessandroni R, Faldella G, Sansavini A
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Early mathematical skill profiles of prematurely and full-term born children (2017)
Learning and Individual Differences
Minna M. Hannula-Sormunen, Cristina E. Nanua, Eero Laakkonen, Petriina Munck, Noona Kiuru, Liisa Lehtonen; Pipari Study group
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Early neonatal death: A challenge worldwide (2017)
Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Lehtonen L, Gimeno A, Parra-Llorca A, Vento M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Effects of single-family rooms on nurse-parent and nurse-infant interaction in neonatal intensive care unit (2017)
Early Human Development
Toivonen M, Lehtonen L, Löyttyniemi E, Axelin A
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Eloonjäämisennuste (2017) Keskosen hoito ja kehitys Lehtonen. Liisa
(
D2 Article in a professional research book)

Factors affecting the cognitive profile of 11-year-old children born very preterm (2017)
Nyman A, Korhonen T, Munck P, Parkkola R, Lehtonen L, Haataja L; PIPARI Study Group
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2019-23-05 at 02:19