A feasibility randomised controlled trial of the New Orleans intervention of infant mental health: a study protocol

Pritchett, R. et al. (2013) A feasibility randomised controlled trial of the New Orleans intervention of infant mental health: a study protocol. Scientific World Journal, 2013(838042), (doi:10.1155/2013/838042)

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Abstract

Child maltreatment is associated with life-long social, physical, and mental health problems. Intervening early to provide maltreated children with safe, nurturing care can improve outcomes. The need for prompt decisions about permanent placement (i.e., regarding adoption or return home) is internationally recognised. However, a recent Glasgow audit showed that many maltreated children “revolve” between birth families and foster carers. This paper describes the protocol of the first exploratory randomised controlled trial of a mental health intervention aimed at improving placement permanency decisions for maltreated children. This trial compares an infant's mental health intervention with the new enhanced service as usual for maltreated children entering care in Glasgow. As both are new services, the trial is being conducted from a position of equipoise. The outcome assessment covers various fields of a child’s neurodevelopment to identify problems in any ESSENCE domain. The feasibility, reliability, and developmental appropriateness of all outcome measures are examined. Additionally, the potential for linkage with routinely collected data on health and social care and, in the future, education is explored. The results will inform a definitive randomised controlled trial that could potentially lead to long lasting benefits for the Scottish population and which may be applicable to other areas of the world.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Turner, Ms Fiona and Fitzpatrick, Dr Bridie and Irving, Miss Susan and Minnis, Professor Helen and Messow, Dr Martina and Norrie, Prof John and Wilson, Dr Philip and Watson, Professor Nicholas and Pritchett, Miss Rachel and Boyd, Dr Kathleen
Authors: Pritchett, R., Fitzpatrick, B., Watson, N., Cotmore, R., Wilson, P., Bryce, G., Donaldson, J., Boyd, K., Zeanah, C., Norrie, J., Taylor, J., Larrieu, J., Messow, C.-M., Forde, M., Turner, F., Irving, S., and Minnis, H.
College/School: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 > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Scientific World Journal
Publisher:Scientific World
ISSN:1537-744X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
First Published:First published in Scientific World Journal 2013:838042
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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