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Randomised controlled trial of effect of Baby Check on use of health services in first 6 months of life

Thomson, H., Ross , S., Wilson, P., McConnachie, A., and Watson , R. (1999) Randomised controlled trial of effect of Baby Check on use of health services in first 6 months of life. British Medical Journal, 318 (7200). pp. 1740-1744. ISSN 0959-535X

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Abstract

Objective To evaluate the effect of Baby Check, an illness scoring system for babies of 6 months or less, on parents’ use of health services for their baby.

Design Randomised controlled trial.

Setting 13 general practices in Glasgow.

Subjects 997 newly delivered mothers, randomised to receive either Baby Check and Play It Safe, an accident prevention leaflet (n=497), or Play It Safe alone (control group, n=500).

Main outcome measures Data on consultations and referrals extracted from general practice notes after 6 months.

Results At the time of recruitment, maternal characteristics were similar for both groups (mean maternal age 29 years; deprivation categories 6 and 1 in both groups; 424 (45%) mothers were primiparous). At 6 months, general practice notes were available for 467 (94%) of the Baby Check group and 468 (94%) of the control group. The number of general practitioner consultations did not differ between the groups: median number of consultations was 2 (interquartile range 1 to 4) in the Baby Check group, and 2 (1 to 3) in the control group. Use of out of hours services did not differ significantly between the two groups (86 v 85; P=0.93).

Conclusion Distributing Baby Check to an unselected group of mothers does not affect use of health services for infants up to 6 months of age.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):McConnachie, Dr Alex and Wilson, Dr Philip and Thomson, Dr Hilary
Authors: Thomson, H., Ross , S., Wilson, P., McConnachie, A., and Watson , R.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:British Medical Journal
Journal Abbr.:BMJ
ISSN:0959-535X
ISSN (Online):1756-1833
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