Durham Connects 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:||Evaluation of the Durham Connects Universal Newborn Nurse Home Visiting Program|
- DSS Investigated and Substantiated Child Maltreatment Rates [ Time Frame: 0 - 66 months of child age ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]North Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) reported lifetime caseness of investigated and substantiated maltreatment caseness
- Child Emergency Room (ER) Presentation Rates [ Time Frame: 0 - 66 Months of Child Age ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Lifetime child emergency department visits reported in hospital records for an injury with a maltreatment-related diagnostic code.
- Pediatric Well-Care Visit and Child Immunization Compliance Rates [ Time Frame: 0 - 66 Months of Child Age ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Lifetime rates of compliance with well-care pediatric visits and immunizations as reported in pediatric records; lifetime child injuries reported in pediatric records.
- Child Social-Emotional Competence and Behavior Problems [ Time Frame: 24 - 66 Months of Child Age ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]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 DSM-oriented 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.
|Study Start Date:||July 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||March 2017|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2010 (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|