Reducing growth and developmental problems in children: Development of an innovative postnatal risk assessment

Minke R. C. van Minde*, Lyne M. G. Blanchette, Hein Raat, Eric A. P. Steegers, Marlou L. A. de Kroon

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Abstract

Introduction

Globally, awareness of the relevance of both medical and non-medical risk factors influencing growth and development of children has been increasing. The aim of our study was to develop an innovative postnatal risk assessment to be used by the Preventive Child Healthcare (PCHC) to identify at an early stage children at risk for growth (catch-up growth, overweight and obesity) and developmental problems (such as motor, cognitive, psychosocial and language/speech problems).

Methods

We used the first four steps of the Intervention Mapping process. Step 1: Review of the literature and focus group discussions. Step 2: Identification of program objectives on how to develop and implement a risk assessment in PCHC daily practice. Step 3: Application of the ASE model to initiate behavioral change in the target group. Step 4: Development of the postnatal R4U and a program plan for the implementation in PCHC organizations.

Results

Subsequently in 2015, the 41 item postnatal R4U (the postnatal Rotterdam Reproduction Risk Reduction checklist) was developed according to steps one until four of the Intervention Mapping process and was implemented in four PCHC organizations.

Conclusions

It was feasible to design and implement a postnatal risk assessment identifying both medical and non-medical risks for growth and developmental problems, using the Intervention Mapping process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0217261
Number of pages14
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5-Jun-2019

Keywords

  • ADVERSE BIRTH OUTCOMES
  • LOW SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS
  • WEIGHT-GAIN
  • CATCH-UP
  • POPULATION
  • HEALTH
  • BORN
  • NEIGHBORHOODS
  • CHECKLIST
  • BEHAVIOR

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