Practice improvement, breastfeeding duration and health visitors

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The primary purpose of practice improvement is to improve clinical practice through changing the behaviour of healthcare professionals. Breastfeeding is a key public health issue, conferring benefits associated with both infant and maternal health, yet breastfeeding rates in the UK and Ireland are among the lowest in Western Europe. In this paper, the ways in which practice improvement can be utilised to enhance both efficiency and effectiveness are described, using a case study of the potential contribution of health visitors to increasing breastfeeding duration in primary care in order to illustrate this in clinical practice.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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  • Community Practitioner - the journal of the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association (Unite/CPHVA) - has a readership that includes over 20,700 healthcare professionals who work in the community, caring for over 5,000,000 clients, patients and families across the UK. These comprise health visitors, school nurses, district nurses, practice nurses, community paediatric nurses, community nursery nurses and other community-based practitioners.
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