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Meeting families in various social situations: Reflections from healthcare staff working with an extended home-visiting program in Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
2023 (English)In: Discover Health Systems, E-ISSN 2731-7501, Vol. 2, p. 1-6, article id 38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives 

Health inequalities exist among children in Sweden, and one effort that the Swedish government has focused on to promote health among small children and their parents is an extended home-visiting program during the child’s first 15 months. This study aimed to illuminate healthcare professionals’ experiences of meeting parents in different social situations during the home visits within Grow safely. 

Methods

The chosen method was qualitative, and 13 interviews were carried out with healthcare, social, and dental professionals working with the extended home-visiting program within the child healthcare in the south of Sweden. 

Results

The results revealed that the parents raised differing needs in the meetings with the healthcare professionals in the program. The needs included advice on children with special needs, support with problematic breastfeeding, and more psychosocial support. The professionals met different groups of parents, such as young parents or newly arrived migrant parents, that in different ways needed the team to reach out to them. The professionals also met families who came from better-off areas and who were not initially considered to really need the program. As the program progressed, these parents could see that diverse, unpredictable needs could be met by the intervention. For example, the program provided access to and advice from social workers, which in turn created contacts that lasted longer than the program itself.

Conclusions

The professionals encountered various family situations and needs within the extended home-visiting program. This highlights the need for a close collaboration between child healthcare nurses and social workers, in order to be able to support the families and work towards the aim of reaching equal health among all children in Sweden. 

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Springer Nature, 2023. Vol. 2, p. 1-6, article id 38
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Care science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63377DOI: 10.1007/s44250-023-00053-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-63377DiVA, id: diva2:1809074
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Grow safely - a research project within the Child Health Care in Skåne, Region Skåne
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Region SkåneAvailable from: 2023-11-02 Created: 2023-11-02 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved

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