Infant abusive head trauma prevention: acceptability of the Period of PURPLE Crying® program in far north Queensland, Australia

Stephens, A., Kaltner, M., and Liley, W. (2014) Infant abusive head trauma prevention: acceptability of the Period of PURPLE Crying® program in far north Queensland, Australia. Rural and Remote Health, 14. 2603. pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

Introduction: A study examined the appropriateness and likelihood of usage of the north American Period of PURPLE Crying® intervention program in far north Queensland, to educate families about the risk of infant abusive head trauma (AHT)/shaken baby syndrome.

Methods: A mixed-method cross-sectional study with a questionnaire and semi-structured interview was conducted with 33 health professionals in far north Queensland (FNQ) to gauge their opinions of the Period of PURPLE Crying program's educational materials.

Results: Seventy per cent of participants were aware of infant AHT; 87.8% agreed the program would be appropriate for far north Queensland populations; 90% agreed that new parents/carers could learn new strategies to deal with inconsolable crying, and that men would be particularly advantaged.

Conclusions: In their present form, the educational materials of the Period of PURPLE Crying are appropriate for use. As such, the researchers intend to undertake a pilot implementation in FNQ.

Item ID: 31800
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1445-6354
Keywords: infant abusive head trauma, parenting skills, rural primary care and injury prevention, shaken baby syndrome
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Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2014 06:18
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 34%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 33%
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