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Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College London. We would like to thank all those who made this work possible. We are indebted in particular to the parents, practitioners, and managers who kindly gave their time to contribute to the generation of data for this study. We would also like to thank members of the health visiting profession,(More)
Emphasis has been placed on understanding the mental health disparities that exist within minority populations in the United States. Disparities are of particular importance when examining access to services. This paper reports findings from a NINR-funded qualitative study that examined the barriers to mental health care service use in an African American(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine factors that influence use of mental health service (MHS) by African Americans (AA) first-time voluntary users who accessed public MHS. Using a grounded theory approach, 24 participants were interviewed. Three major enabling factors - family, valued others, and beliefs - were identified that focused on the ability to(More)
A survey of 224 individuals using SureStart services (for young families) within an inner-London area was complemented by qualitative data from five focus groups of parents and general practitioners in the same area. Descriptive and multivariate statistics were used to identify and describe discrete geographical districts with differing patterns of health(More)
BACKGROUND The first year of a child's life is a crucial time for child development. Current guidance about child health surveillance and health promotion programmes emphasises a partnership approach between health professionals and parents when it comes to child health care. Parents' voices have been largely absent from discussions about local child health(More)
AIM To describe patterns of 'online' and 'offline' health information seeking in families with children under five years of age and living in five socially, economically and culturally disparate local authority (LA) wards in one inner-city area. BACKGROUND Earlier work analysed data from the five LA wards merged as one data set. A 'digital divide' in(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the frequency with which information from the Internet is presented by patients within primary care consultations or the subsequent impact that it may have on those consultations. OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to describe the frequency with which Internet information was presented within primary care consultations(More)
INTRODUCTION There is increasing international interest in universal, health promoting services for pregnancy and the first three years of life and the concept of proportionate universalism. Drawing on a narrative review of literature, this paper explores mechanisms by which such services might contribute to health improvement and reducing health(More)
The study aimed to develop an understanding of health visitor recruitment and retention by examining what existing staff and new recruits wanted from their job, their professional aspirations and what would encourage them to start and stay in employment. Following a period of steady decline in numbers, the health visitor workforce in England has recently(More)