Implementation and randomized controlled trial evaluation of universal postnatal nurse home visiting.
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OBJECTIVES: We evaluated whether a brief, universal, postnatal nurse home-visiting intervention can be implemented with high penetration and fidelity, prevent emergency health care services, and promote positive parenting by infant age 6 months. METHODS: Durham Connects is a manualized 4- to 7-session program to assess family needs and connect parents with community resources to improve infant health and well-being. All 4777 resident births in Durham, North Carolina, between July 1, 2009, and December 31, 2010, were randomly assigned to intervention and control conditions. A random, representative subset of 549 families received blinded interviews for impact evaluation. RESULTS: Of all families, 80% initiated participation; adherence was 84%. Hospital records indicated that Durham Connects infants had 59% fewer infant emergency medical care episodes than did control infants. Durham Connects mothers reported fewer infant emergency care episodes and more community connections, more positive parenting behaviors, participation in higher quality out-of-home child care, and lower rates of anxiety than control mothers. Blinded observers reported higher quality home environments for Durham Connects than for control families. CONCLUSIONS: A brief universal home-visiting program implemented with high penetration and fidelity can lower costly emergency medical care and improve family outcomes.
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Published Version (Please cite this version)10.2105/AJPH.2013.301361
Publication InfoDodge, Kenneth A; Goodman, W Benjamin; Murphy, Robert A; O'Donnell, Karen; Sato, Jeannine; & Guptill, Susan (2014). Implementation and randomized controlled trial evaluation of universal postnatal nurse home visiting. Am J Public Health, 104 Suppl 1. pp. S136-S143. 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301361. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/15881.
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William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Studies
Kenneth A. Dodge is the William McDougall Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also the founding and past director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, as well as the founder of Family Connects International. Dodge is a leading scholar in the development and prevention of aggressive and violent beha
Ben Goodman, PhD, is a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) and a senior fellow at the Center for Child & Family Health at Duke University. He currently serves as the co-director of the Family Connects home visiting programs at CCFP: Durham Connects. In this capacity, he oversees program evaluation for all communities implementing Family Connects and leads the impact evaluation
Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Murphy is a licensed clinical psychologist focused on child traumatic stress, including its treatment and prevention and development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Murphy serves as Executive Director for the Center for Child & Family Health (CCFH), a community and three university partnership (Duke University, the University of North Carolina
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