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Title: Process evaluation for the FEeding Support Team (FEST) randomised controlled feasibility trial of proactive and reactive telephone support for breastfeeding women living in disadvantaged areas
Authors: Hoddinott, Pat
Craig, Leone C A
MacLennan, Graeme
Boyers, Dwayne
Vale, Luke
Contact Email: p.m.hoddinott@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Citation: Hoddinott P, Craig LCA, MacLennan G, Boyers D & Vale L (2012) Process evaluation for the FEeding Support Team (FEST) randomised controlled feasibility trial of proactive and reactive telephone support for breastfeeding women living in disadvantaged areas, BMJ Open, 2 (e001039).
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility, acceptability and fidelity of a feeding team intervention with an embedded randomised controlled trial of team-initiated (proactive) and woman-initiated (reactive) telephone support after hospital discharge. DESIGN: Participatory approach to the design and implementation of a pilot trial embedded within a before-and-after study, with mixed-method process evaluation. SETTING: A postnatal ward in Scotland. SAMPLE: Women initiating breast feeding and living in disadvantaged areas. METHODS: Quantitative data: telephone call log and workload diaries. Qualitative data: interviews with women (n=40) with follow-up (n=11) and staff (n=17); ward observations 2 weeks before and after the intervention; recorded telephone calls (n=16) and steering group meetings (n=9); trial case notes (n=69); open question in a telephone interview (n=372). The Framework approach to analysis was applied to mixed-method data. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Quantitative: telephone call characteristics (number, frequency, duration); workload activity. Qualitative: experiences and perspectives of women and staff. RESULTS: A median of eight proactive calls per woman (n=35) with a median duration of 5 min occurred in the 14 days following hospital discharge. Only one of 34 control women initiated a call to the feeding team, with women undervaluing their own needs compared to others, and breast feeding as a reason to call. Proactive calls providing continuity of care increased women's confidence and were highly valued. Data demonstrated intervention fidelity for woman-centred care; however, observing an entire breast feed was not well implemented due to short hospital stays, ward routines and staff-team-woman communication issues. Staff pragmatically recognised that dedicated feeding teams help meet women's breastfeeding support needs in the context of overstretched and variable postnatal services. CONCLUSIONS: Implementing and integrating the FEeding Support Team (FEST) trial within routine postnatal care was feasible and acceptable to women and staff from a research and practice perspective and shows promise for addressing health inequalities.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/10227
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001039
Rights: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non commercial and is otherwise in compliance with the license. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/ and http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/legalcode. BMJ Open 2012; 2:e001039 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001039
Affiliation: HS Research - Stirling
University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen
Newcastle University

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