Journal article

Comparison of methods for recruiting and engaging parents in online interventions: study protocol for the Cry Baby infant sleep and settling program

Fallon Cook, Monique Seymour, Rebecca Giallo, Warren Cann, Jan M Nicholson, Julie Green, Harriet Hiscock



BACKGROUND: Anticipatory guidance around the management of sleep and crying problems in early infancy has been shown to improve both infant behaviour and parent symptoms of postnatal depression. Digital technology offers platforms for making such programs widely available in a cost-efficient manner. However, it remains unclear who accesses online parenting advice and in particular, whether the parents who would most benefit are represented amongst users. It is also unknown whether the uptake of online programs can be improved by health professional recommendations, or whether parents require additional prompts and reminders to use the program. In this study we aim to: (1) determine whether w..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research is being conducted at the Parenting Research Centre with funding support from the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training. We would like to thank the Maternal and Child Health nurses and coordinators in the City of Yarra for their assistance in the recruitment of families, and staff from the Parenting Research Centre and Centre for Community Child Health working on the Raising Children Network for their support in running this research project. Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The design, management, analysis, and reporting of the study are entirely independent of the Victorian Government. The funding source had no role in the design of this study and will not have any role during execution, analyses, interpretation of the data, or decision to submit results.