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Competency Training, Staff Performance, & Family Outcomes

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Identifier:
First received: June 10, 2006
Last updated: February 10, 2011
Last verified: February 2011
This proposal examines the impact of an augmented competency based approach to training of home visitors and supervisors for delivery of the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) on staff performance, fidelity to the program model, and family outcomes relative to child maltreatment and early behaviors associated with youth violence. The central premise underlying the proposed study is that the augmented competency based curriculum and clinical consultation to supervisors will improve nurses' knowledge and skills in working with families, which in turn, will lead to greater fidelity to the home visit guidelines (i.e., quality implementation), which in turn, will result in better maternal and child health outcomes.

Condition Intervention Phase
Child Abuse
Behavioral: Home visitation
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center: Competency Training, Staff Performance, & Family Outcomes

Further study details as provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Assessment of children's home environment [ Time Frame: 12 and 24 months ]
  • Children's emergency room visits/hospitalizations [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18, and 24 months ]
  • Children's adjustment and behavior [ Time Frame: 21-22 months ]
  • Children's language development at 21 months [ Time Frame: 21 months ]
  • Referrals to child protective services 6, 12, 18, and 24 months [ Time Frame: 6, 12, 18, and 24 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1075
Study Start Date: August 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Home visitation
In the intervention condition, nurse home visitors receive enhanced training to improve delivery of parenting interventions to mothers
Behavioral: Home visitation
Home visitation to improve maternal health and well-being and parenting practices

Detailed Description:
A two group experimental design will be used to examine the impact of an augmented competency-based curriculum for NFP home visitors and supervisors coupled with structured clinical consultation by NFP National Office professional development staff, as compared against the standard curriculum currently used, on quality of program implementation and family outcomes.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • First time mothers (enrolled during pregnancy) and their children

Exclusion Criteria:

  • See above. No other exclusion criteria will be used.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00336193

United States, Colorado
University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80262
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Ruth A O'Brien, RN PhD University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ruth O'Brien, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Identifier: NCT00336193     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDC-NCIPC-4537
Study First Received: June 10, 2006
Last Updated: February 10, 2011

Keywords provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
home visitation
family outcomes
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