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Effectiveness of a Nurse-led Intensive Home-visitation Programme for First time Teenage Mothers

January 2016

Michael Robling, Marie-Jet Bekkers, Kerry Bell, Christopher C Butler, Rebecca Cannings-John, Sue Channon, Belen Corbacho Martin, John W Gregory, Kerry Hood, Alison Kemp, Joyce Kenkre, Alan A Montgomery, Gwenllian Moody, Eleri Owen-Jones, Kate Pickett, Gerry Richardson, Zoë E S Roberts, Sarah Ronaldson, Julia Sanders, Eugena Stamuli, David Torgerson


This randomized controlled trial evaluates the effect of a home-visitation nurse program for first time mothers. First time mothers were randomly allocated to a control group consisted merely of usual care, and a treatment group that included the basic usual care, as well as 64 home visits from a nurse beginning in early pregnancy, and extending until the child’s second birthday. The results of the experiment provided no significant benefits to taking part in the home-visitation program.

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Policy Implications

Overall, the experiment shows that a home-visitation program for first time mothers is an ineffective way to improve health outcomes of newborns and their mothers. Lawmakers looking for programs to aide first-time mothers should consider other, more productive and cost effective policies.

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