Journal article

Improving infant sleep and maternal mental health: a cluster randomised trial

Harriet Hiscock, Jordana Bayer, Lisa Gold, Anne Hampton, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Melissa Wake

ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a community-delivered intervention targeting infant sleep problems improves infant sleep and maternal well-being and to report the costs of this approach to the healthcare system. DESIGN: Cluster randomised trial. SETTING: 49 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) centres (clusters) in Melbourne, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: 328 mothers reporting an infant sleep problem at 7 months recruited during October-November 2003. INTERVENTION: Behavioural strategies delivered over individual structured MCH consultations versus usual care. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Maternal report of infant sleep problem, depression symptoms (Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)), and SF-12 m..

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