This project promoted interventions during pregnancy to prevent risks to the newborn, the mother, and the family. Researchers used an existing prenatal psychosocial assessment model and then held education sessions for 73 physicians on how to conduct enhanced assessments. Referrals were made to appropriate community services that agreed to inform physicians about their clients’ outcome. Interventions included counselling on breastfeeding, mental health, nutrition, stress, and smoking cessation. After a three-month period, participating physicians reported that they were satisfied with the education sessions. Although there was little change in the number of referrals or in the ease of access to clients, physicians became more aware of services, and communication between doctors and patients improved.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.