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.

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Abstract

<b>Objective</b> 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.<p></p> <b>Design</b> Randomised controlled trial.<p></p> <b>Setting</b> 13 general practices in Glasgow.<p></p> <b>Subjects</b> 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).<p></p> <b>Main outcome measures</b> Data on consultations and referrals extracted from general practice notes after 6 months.<p></p> <b>Results</b> 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).<p></p> <b>Conclusion</b> 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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McConnachie, Professor 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 > School of Health & Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:British Medical Journal
Journal Abbr.:BMJ
ISSN:0959-535X
ISSN (Online):1756-1833
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