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Practice improvement, breastfeeding duration and health visitors

By Rachael Spencer, Sheila Greatrex-White and Diane M. Fraser

Abstract

The primary purpose of practice improvement is to\ud improve clinical practice through changing the\ud behaviour of healthcare professionals. Breastfeeding is a key public health issue, conferring benefits associated with both infant and maternal health, yet breastfeeding rates in the UK and Ireland are among the lowest in Western Europe. In this paper, the ways in which practice improvement can be utilised to enhance both efficiency and\ud effectiveness are described, using a case study of the\ud potential contribution of health visitors to increasing\ud breastfeeding duration in primary care in order to\ud illustrate this in clinical practice

Topics: B720 Midwifery, B712 Health Visiting, B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Macmillan-Scott plc
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:3452
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