Supporting multiple birth families: Perceptions and experiences of health visitors

Turville, Nathalie and Alamad, Lara and Denton, Jane and Cook, Robert and Harvey, M.E. (2021) Supporting multiple birth families: Perceptions and experiences of health visitors. Public Health Nursing. ISSN 0737-1209

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the current practice and perceptions of health visitors in supporting multiple birth families.
Design and sample: Practicing health visitors across the United Kingdom were invited to complete a cross-sectional, descriptive, online survey. The questionnaire covered multiple birth caseload, education received about multiples and the experience of working with families. Two-hundred and ninety health visitors completed the questionnaire.
Descriptive and inferential statistics were used for analysis of the quantitative components and thematic analysis for the qualitative data.
Results: Most health visitors had twins on their current workload. Most health visitors had not received any specific training or continuing professional development regarding the needs of multiple birth families. Supporting the families within the confines of reduced time and increased workload was challenging. Daily tasks of caring for multiples were the main areas that health visitors and parents wanted more information about.
Conclusions: In the United Kingdom, health visitors are uniquely positioned to support multiple birth families, in particular during the more challenging early years. However, the findings of this study suggest that many health visitors are aware that the care and support that they are able to provide multiple birth families falls short of meeting their needs.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/phn.13008
Dates:
DateEvent
23 October 2021Accepted
10 November 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: families, health visiting, multiple births, parents, public health nursing, triplets, twins
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-06 - allied health > CAH02-06-04 - environmental and public health
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-04 - health and social care > CAH15-04-03 - health studies
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
Depositing User: Nathalie Turville
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 13:57
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12541

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