Durham Connects RCT Evaluation
The aim of this randomized controlled trial (RCT) is to evaluate the impact and mechanisms of the Durham Connects (DC) brief universal nurse home-visiting program to prevent child maltreatment and improve child well-being. It is the first-ever RCT of a home-visiting program that is designed to prevent child maltreatment in an entire community population.
Evaluation of program impact will test three hypotheses: 1) Random assignment to the Durham Connects Program will be associated with lower rates of child maltreatment and emergency department maltreatment-related injuries, better pediatric care, better parental functioning, and better child well-being than assignment as control; 2) Intervention effect sizes will be larger for higher-risk groups; and 3) Community resource use and enhanced family functioning will mediate the positive impact of Durham Connects on outcomes.
Unspecified Child Maltreatment, Suspected
Unspecified Child Maltreatment, Confirmed
Other: Durham Connects
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||RCT Evaluation of the Durham Connects Universal Newborn Nurse Home Visiting Program|
- DSS Investigated and Substantiated Child Maltreatment Rates [ Time Frame: 0 - 12 Years of Child Age ]North Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) reported lifetime cases of investigated and substantiated maltreatment caseness
- Child Emergency Room (ER) Presentation Rates [ Time Frame: 0 - 12 Years of Child Age ]Lifetime child emergency department visits reported in hospital administrative records
- Child Overnight Stays in Hospital [ Time Frame: 0 - 12 Years Months of Child Age ]Lifetime child overnight stays in hospital for all overnight stays unrelated to the birthing stay as reported in hospital administrative records.
- Child Postnatal Well-Care Compliance Rates [ Time Frame: 0 - 24 Months of Child Age ]Rates of child compliance with well-care pediatric visits as reported by the mother
- Child Social-Emotional Competence and Behavior Problems [ Time Frame: 24 - 66 Months of Child Age ]Mothers complete the Head Start Competence Scale (Domitrovich et al., 2001), measuring child social and emotional skills central to interpersonal relationships and emotion regulation. Mothers also complete the ages 1.5-5 version of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL 1.5-5; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001), a standardized measure assessing emotional and behavioral problems, including: 1) affective problems; 2) anxiety problems; 3) pervasive developmental problems; 4) Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity problems; and 5) Oppositional Defiant problems.
- Mother Mental Health [ Time Frame: 0-66 Months of Child Age ]Rates of mother depressive symptoms and anxiety symptoms as reported by the mother
- Family Connections to Community Services/Resources [ Time Frame: 0-66 Months of Child Age ]Rates of family connections to community resources and services as reported by the mother
- Mother Parenting Behaviors [ Time Frame: 0-66 Months of Child Age ]Rates of mother positive and negative parenting behaviors as reported by the mother or rated by an independent observer during in-home interviews or videotaped parent-child interactions
|Study Start Date:||July 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2022|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2022 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Durham Connects Eligible Group
From July 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010, all even-birth-date residential births in Durham County, North Carolina were randomly assigned to receive the Durham Connects nurse home visiting program.
Other: Durham Connects
The program consists of 4-7 intervention contacts, including 1) a hospital birthing visit when a staff member schedules an initial home visit; 2) 1-3 nurse home visits between 3-12 weeks of infant age to provide physical assessments for infant and mother, intervention and education, assessment of family-specific needs, and connections to matched community resources, as needed, to provide longer-term support; 3) 1-2 nurse contacts with community service providers to facilitate successful connections; and 4) a telephone follow-up one month after case closure to review community connection outcomes. With family consent, letters from the program reporting on the visit are also provided to also connect families to maternal and infant healthcare providers for ongoing support.
No Intervention: Control Group
From July 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010, all odd-birth-date residential births in Durham County, North Carolina were randomly assigned to a control group condition. These families were assigned to receive services as usual and served as the randomized comparison group for evaluating Durham Connects program impact.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01406184
|United States, North Carolina|
|Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University|
|Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27708|
|Principal Investigator:||Kenneth Dodge, Ph.D.||Duke University|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert Murphy, Ph.D.||Center for Child & Family Health|
|Principal Investigator:||Karen O'Donnell, Ph.D.||Center for Child & Family Health|
|Principal Investigator:||W. Benjamin Goodman, Ph.D.||Duke University|