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Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1989 Mar;96(3):281-8.

A randomized controlled trial of the provision of a social support service during pregnancy: the South Manchester Family Worker Project.

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Department of Epidemiology and Social Oncology, University of Manchester, Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute, Kinnaird Road, Withington.


A pilot scheme was introduced in Manchester to provide additional social support to pregnant women at above average risk of giving birth to a low-birthweight baby. The help of lay workers, known as family workers, was made available to eligible women. The effect on infant birthweight of offering the help of a family worker was assessed by a randomized controlled trial. No significant differences were observed between the experimental and control group, but on a number of grounds the interpretation of this finding is not straightforward, and further research is recommended.

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