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BMC Health Serv Res. 2010 Jun 17;10:172. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-10-172.

Child Health Partnerships: a review of program characteristics, outcomes and their relationship.

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Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics, School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, Victoria 3010, Australia. kapjay613@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Novel approaches are increasingly employed to address the social determinants of health of children world-wide. Such approaches have included complex social programs involving multiple stakeholders from different sectors jointly working together (hereafter Child Health Partnerships). Previous reviews have questioned whether these programs have led to significant improvements in child health and related outcomes. We aim to provide definitive answers to this question as well as identifying the characteristics of successful partnerships.

METHODS:

A comprehensive literature search identified 11 major Child Health Partnerships in four comparable developed countries. A critical review is focused on various aspects of these including their target groups, program mechanics and outcomes.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

There was evidence of success in several major areas from the formation of effective joint operations of partners in different partnership models to improvement in both child wellbeing and parenting. There is emerging evidence that Child Health Partnerships are cost-effective. Population characteristics and local contexts need to be taken into account in the introduction and implementation of these programs.

PMID:
20565798
PMCID:
PMC2908613
DOI:
10.1186/1472-6963-10-172
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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