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Evid Based Nurs 9:13 doi:10.1136/ebn.9.1.13
  • Treatment

Nurse home visits did not differ from standard care for prevention of recurrent child abuse


 
 Q In families referred to child protection agencies (CPAs), does a programme of home visiting by public health nurses (PHNs) plus standard care prevent recurrence of child physical abuse or neglect more than standard care alone?

METHODS

GraphicDesign:

randomised controlled trial.

GraphicAllocation:

concealed.

GraphicBlinding:

blinded (data collectors and outcome assessors).

GraphicFollow up period:

2 years of intervention followed up by 1 year of observation.

GraphicSetting:

2 CPAs in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

GraphicParticipants:

163 English speaking families (mean age of respondent 29 y, 95% women; mean age of index child 5 y) who had been referred to the CPA for an episode of child physical abuse or neglect that occurred in the past 3 months, and the index child was <13 years of age and still living with the family. Cases of abuse committed by a foster parent or involving sexual abuse were excluded.

GraphicIntervention:

89 families were allocated to standard services arranged by the CPA plus …

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