AN EVALUATION OF THE ADEQUACY OF HEALTH VISITOR EDUCATION FOR NEONATAL HIP SCREENING

PE HAUGH, C MASON, BP TRAINOR, George Kernohan, Kathryn Thompson, RAB MOLLAN

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Abstract

Congenital dislocation of the hip (CDH) affects two children per 1000, with potentially serious consequences. Student health visitors in Northern Ireland learn screening techniques for CDH at a half-day workshop at a regional hospital. In order to evaluate the adequacy of this preparation, 71 qualified health visitors were surveyed to assess their knowledge relating to CDH, their views on the adequacy of the training, and their opinions about referral of positive cases. Knowledge in some areas was poor and preparation was considered too short. Direct referrals of positive cases to orthopaedic clinics, without a general practitioner acting as an intermediary, was a frequently cited desire. Recommendations include extending the training for those involved in CDH screening while ensuring that experienced health visitors, from whom novices learn, are themselves using correct procedures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815-821
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1994

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