A multi-agency approach to positively impact health professional and public knowledge about safe sleeping recommendations

Young, J. (2009). A multi-agency approach to positively impact health professional and public knowledge about safe sleeping recommendations. In: Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology. SIDS 10th International Conference, Portsmouth, UK, (122-122). 23–26 June, 2008. doi:10.1007/s12024-008-9058-4

Author Young, J.
Title of paper A multi-agency approach to positively impact health professional and public knowledge about safe sleeping recommendations
Conference name SIDS 10th International Conference
Conference location Portsmouth, UK
Conference dates 23–26 June, 2008
Proceedings title Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Totowa, N.J., USA
Publisher Humana Press
Publication Year 2009
DOI 10.1007/s12024-008-9058-4
ISSN 1547-769X
Volume 5
Issue 2
Start page 122
End page 122
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Background: Queensland has consistently experienced one of the
highest rates of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy (SUDI) death in
Objective: To outline multiagency policy developments and key
collaborations contributing to the successful implementation of a
research program and resultant statewide educational intervention
aimed at reducing Queensland’s sudden unexpected infant deaths.
Methods: Investigations included (a) nursing and midwifery knowledge,
attitudes, and practices relating to SUDI and safe sleeping
messages; (b) infant care practices used by parents; and (c) effectiveness
of a wrapping intervention to promote supine sleep
positioning. Key reports highlighting sudden infant death risk factors
and areas for improving awareness of public health recommendations,
including previous study results, have been used to (a) develop
statewide policy to reduce infant mortality; and (b) implement an
educational intervention specifically designed to positively impact
identified deficits in health professional and parental practice relating
to Safe Sleeping messages.
Results: Collaborations between clinicians, researchers, Queensland
Health, SIDSandKids locally and nationally, and the Commission for
Children and Young People Child Guardian have been achieved. A
Queensland Health statewide policy for safe sleeping is now available
and information sheets relating to many Safe Sleeping issues are
available on the SIDSandKids website for public access. An evidence-
based educational resource designed to support health
professionals in conveying public health messages to parents has been
developed and implemented statewide.
Conclusions: Emerging from a search for evidence and promotion of
best practice, these studies will demonstrate how nurses and midwives
can lead the way as advocates for infants and children for better services, education and family support, and how the results of such
programs can impact government and public health agendas.
Subjects 11 Medical and Health Sciences
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Note: DOI includes all abstracts from the conference. Presentation number: OP09.02.

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