Objective To evaluate the effect of Baby Check, an illness scoring system for babies of 6 months or less, on parents'use of health services for their baby.
Setting 13 general practices in Glasgow.
Subjects 997 newly delivered mothers, randomised to receive either Baby Check and Play It Safe, an accident prevention leaflet (n=497), or Play It Safe alone (control group, n=500).
Main outcome measures Data on consultations and referrals extracted from general practice notes after 6 months.
Results At the time of recruitment, maternal characteristics were similar for both groups (mean maternal age 29 years ; deprivation categories 6 and 1 in both groups ; 424 (45%) mothers were primiparous).
At 6 months, general practice notes were available for 467 (94%) of the Baby Check group and 468 (94%) of the control group.
The number of general practitioner consultations did not differ between the groups : median number of consultations was 2 (interquartile range 1 to 4) in the Baby Check group, and 2 (1 to 3) in the control group.
Use of out of hours services did not differ significantly between the two groups (86 upsilon 85 ; P=0.93).
Conclusion Distributing Baby Check to an unselected group of mothers does not affect use of health services for infants up to 6 months of age.
Mots-clés Pascal : Nourrisson, Homme, Randomisation, Essai clinique, Maladie, Sonorisation(film), Opuscule, Médecin généraliste, Etude longitudinale, Utilisation, Relation mère petit, Service santé, Prévention, Organisation santé, Baby Check, Livret
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Infant, Human, Randomization, Clinical trial, Disease, Scoring, Pamphlet, General practitioner, Follow up study, Use, Mother young relation, Health service, Prevention, Public health organization
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0361373
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 14/12/1999.