RCT Part One: Evaluating social support and health visiting
Authors: Austerberry, Helen; Wiggins, Meg; Turner, Helen; Oakley, Ann
Source: Community Practitioner, Volume 77, Number 12, December 2004 , pp. 460-464(5)
Publisher: Community Practitioner
Abstract:This paper reports aspects of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of two support interventions in improving the health of mothers and their newborn infants in a deprived, inner city area of London. The intervention explored in this paper was the offer of a year of monthly supported listening visits from specially trained health visitors. Women using the additional, non-directive support expressed a high level of satisfaction with it. At follow-up they were less anxious mothers, less likely to be pregnant again, and used the NHS differently from mothers receiving standard services only. However, there was no evidence of impact on the primary study outcomes of maternal depression, child injury and maternal smoking. The benefits women noted in terms of their satisfaction and experiences of motherhood suggest that non-directive support could usefully be a more important component of health visiting practice.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2004-12-01
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