Reducing risks for infant mortality in the Midlands, UK: a qualitative study identifying areas for improvement in the delivery of key public health messages in the perinatal period
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AbstractBACKGROUND: The Midlands has amongst the highest rates of neonatal and infant mortality in the UK. A public health parent education and empowerment programme, aimed at reducing key risks associated with this mortality was established and evaluated in the region. This was undertaken in an attempt to identify areas for optimal delivery of the public health messages around reducing risks for neonatal and infant mortality. METHOD: Qualitatively assessment, using the software package Dedoose®, was undertaken. This involved analysis of reflections by the programme trainers, after the delivery of their training sessions to parents, families and carers, between 01 January and 31 December 2021. These were intended to capture insights from the trainers on parent, family, carer and staff perspectives, perceptions/misperceptions around reducing risks for infant mortality. Potential areas for improvement in delivery of the programme were identified from this analysis. RESULTS: A total of 323 programmes, comprising 524 parents, family members and carers were offered the programme. Analysis of 167 reflections around these interactions and those of staff (n = 29) are reported. The programme was positively received across parents, families, carers and staff. Four overall themes were identified: (a) reach and inclusion, (b) knowledge, (c) practical and emotional support and (d) challenges for delivery of the programme. Recommendations for improved delivery of the programme were identified, based on qualitative analysis. CONCLUSION: This novel approach to empowerment and education around neonatal public health messaging is a valuable tool for parents, families, carers and staff in the Midlands. Key practical recommendations for enhancing delivery of these critical public health messages were identified from this qualitative research. These are likely to be of value in other parts of the UK and globally.
CitationPillay, T., Feeney, J., Walters, C. et al. (2022) Reducing risks for infant mortality in the Midlands, UK: a qualitative study identifying areas for improvement in the delivery of key public health messages in the perinatal period. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 22, 774. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-022-05092-1
JournalBMC Pregnancy Childbirth
Description© 2022 The Authors. Published by BMC. This is an open access article available under a Creative Commons licence. The published version can be accessed at the following link on the publisher’s website: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-022-05092-1
SponsorsThis project was funded through the Dudley Council and Dudley Public Health Nurture and Resilience Steering Group.
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