1. What determines variations in maternal and early childhood health care delivered at home?
2. Which variations in maternal and early childhood health care delivered at home are related to parent and nurse satisfaction and other outcomes?
This review will consider studies that include maternal and early childhood healthcare and interventions provided for pregnant women, mothers, caregivers and their children aged under two years old by a nurse, which are delivered at home or in the broad community, such as home visiting, home-based and community-based care. Studies will be excluded if the care and interventions are provided at health centre, clinic, hospital, or any other formal health facility.
This review will consider studies that examine maternal and early childhood care and interventions during the antenatal and/or postnatal period. No limitations on contents covered in the intervention will be provided as long as it targets pregnant women, mothers or caregivers. These care and interventions can include home visiting services, home-based or community-based care and services by a nurse. They must be initiated during the antenatal period or between birth and four weeks after birth and include components of parent education, maternal and child health, development and well-being, and family relationship.
This review will consider studies that compare the intervention to any other interventions, including routine maternal and early childhood services at health centres, clinics, hospitals, or any other facilities.
i) Primary outcomes: parent satisfaction with care provided by nurses at home. It could be satisfaction in general or satisfaction with specific aspects of care such as “parent involvement” and “partnership in care”.
ii) Secondary outcomes: nurse satisfaction and other outcomes.