Interdisciplinary perspectives on the management of the unsettled baby: key strategies for improved outcomes

Douglas, Pamela S., Mares, Renata E. and Hill, Peter S. (2012) Interdisciplinary perspectives on the management of the unsettled baby: key strategies for improved outcomes. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 18 4: 332-338. doi:10.1071/PY11073


Author Douglas, Pamela S.
Mares, Renata E.
Hill, Peter S.
Title Interdisciplinary perspectives on the management of the unsettled baby: key strategies for improved outcomes
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Publication date 2012
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY11073
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 332
End page 338
Total pages 7
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The objectives of this study were to analyse the perspectives of key informants with clinical expertise in the care of unsettled babies in the first few months of life and their families, concerning changes required to improve outcomes. The research used a purposive selection strategy and thematic analysis of key informant interviews of 24 health professionals from 11 disciplines. Informants were selected for extensive experience in the management of unsettled babies and their families. Participants corroborated existing evidence that post-birth care in Australia is fragmented. All held the view that, first, early primary care intervention for unsettled infants and their families, and second, improved cross-professional communication, are vital if the burden of this problem to the infant, family and health system are to be minimised. There was consensus, third, that significant gaps exist in health professionals’ knowledge base and management behaviours. The development of education resources, best practice guidelines, shared assessment frameworks for primary care practitioners and strategies for improved cross-professional communication are necessary to improve the health outcomes and decrease the burden of this common yet complex post-birth problem.
Keyword Crying baby
Excessive crying
Infant
Infant feeding
Post-birth
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published: 23 December 2011

 
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