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Can J Public Health. 2002 Mar-Apr;93(2):153-8.

Home visitation programs for at-risk young families. A systematic literature review.

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Faculty of Nursing, 3rd Floor Clinical Sciences Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G3. jane.drummond@ualberta.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This systematic literature review is stimulated by the perceived need of investigator, practice and policy stakeholders for a complete but parsimonious summary of key elements of programs that use home visitation for at-risk young families as the major delivery method.

OBJECTIVES:

To describe the program components, practices, outcomes, and reliability of the evaluation approaches.

METHODS:

Computer and hand searches of literature were carried out. Reports of established programs, from the last five years, that describe home visitation services to at-risk families were included. A comprehensive data collection tool was used in the analysis of the findings.

FINDINGS:

Improvements over the previous five years were seen in the following areas: use of early intervention model, inclusion of comparison groups and adequate sampling.

DISCUSSION:

Challenges remain in development, targeting and reporting of home visitation practice, overall lack of impact, differential effects by program site, retention of participants and appropriate measurement.

PMID:
11963523
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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