Which mothers receive a postpartum home visit in Queensland, Australia? A cross-sectional retrospective study

Brodribb, Wendy & Miller, Yvette D. (2015) Which mothers receive a postpartum home visit in Queensland, Australia? A cross-sectional retrospective study. Australian Health Review, 39, pp. 337-343.

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Abstract

Objective

While home visiting in the early postpartum period appears to have increased, there are limited data defining which women receive a visit and none that include Queensland. We aimed to investigate patterns of postpartum home visiting in the public and private sectors in Queensland.

Methods

Data were collected via a retrospective cross-sectional survey of women birthing in Queensland between 1st February and 31st May 2010 at 4 months postpartum (N = 6948). Logistic regression was used to assess associations between receiving a home visit and sociodemographic, clinical and hospital variables. Analyses were stratified by public and private birthing sector because of significant differences between sectors.

Results

Public sector women were more likely to receive a visit from a nurse or midwife (from the hospital or child health sector) within 10 days of hospital discharge (67.2%) than private sector women (7.2%). Length of hospital stay was associated with home visiting in both sectors. Some vulnerable sub-populations in both sectors were more likely to be visited, while others were not.

Conclusions

Home visiting in Queensland varies markedly between the public and private sector and is less common in some vulnerable populations. Further consideration to improving the equity of community postpartum care in Queensland is needed.

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ID Code: 79292
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: postnatal care, domiciliary visit, maternal health, health inequities, maternal well being
DOI: 10.1071/AH14055
ISSN: 1449-8944
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 AHHA
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2015 22:49
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2015 16:25

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