Age-paced parenting newsletters: delivering healthy messages
Author: King, Angela
Source: Community Practitioner, Volume 79, Number 3, March 2006 , pp. 89-92(4)
Publisher: Community Practitioner
Abstract:There are many sources of information that reinforce the positive and health-enhancing benefits of increasing resources to support parents. Health visitors already provide preventive health care through advice and support on a wide range of health issues, however evidence consistently shows that access to and uptake of care is poorest for those who are most vulnerable. Although the evidence points to the effectiveness of targeting new parents with support systems and information, there are only a few examples of supplying written information on a regular basis to achieve this. This article sets out the background to and the implementation of a feasibility study, which entailed producing and distributing a monthly newsletter to parents within one GP surgery in St Albans. The monthly newsletters provide an accessible service to all new parents allowing the dissemination of ageappropriate health promotion information, and ultimately allow parents to make informed choices that influence the whole family's health. The newsletters adequately address issues and recommendations laid out in several recent important documents and policies.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2006
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