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Effectiveness of an educational intervention on complementary feeding practices and growth in rural China: a cluster randomised controlled trial.
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PMID:  19706219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Inappropriate complementary feeding is one of the major causes of malnutrition in young children in developing countries. We developed an educational intervention, delivered by local health-care providers, aimed at improving complementary feeding practices and child nutrition. DESIGN: Eight townships in Laishui, a rural area in China, were randomly assigned to the educational intervention or control group. A total of 599 healthy infants were enrolled at age 2-4 months and followed up until 1 year of age. In the intervention group, educational messages and enhanced home-prepared recipes were disseminated to caregivers through group trainings and home visits. Questionnaire surveys and anthropometric measurements were taken at baseline and ages 6, 9 and 12 months. Analysis was by intention to treat. RESULTS: It was found that food diversity, meal frequency and hygiene practices were improved in the intervention group. Infants in the intervention group gained 0.22 kg more weight (95 % CI 0.003, 0.45 kg, P = 0.047) and gained 0.66 cm more length (95 % CI 0.03, 1.29 cm, P = 0.04) than did controls over the study period. CONCLUSIONS: Findings from the study suggest that an educational intervention delivered through local health-care providers can lead to substantial behavioural changes of caregivers and improve infant growth.
Ling Shi; Jingxu Zhang; Yan Wang; Laura E Caulfield; Bernard Guyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-08-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1475-2727     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-16     Completed Date:  2010-04-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  556-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA 02125, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Height
Body Weight
Caregivers / education*
Cluster Analysis
Follow-Up Studies
Health Education*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Promotion
Hygiene / education*
Infant Food*
Nutritional Status
Rural Population* / statistics & numerical data
Socioeconomic Factors

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