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Are parents getting advice about Healthy Start and Vitamin D?. Jan Dawson Caroline Smith. Qualitative study of parent’s views. To gather parent’s views on advice & where they would like to obtain their vitamins as part of Greater Manchester work on Healthy Start

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qualitative study of parent s views
Qualitative study of parent’s views
  • To gather parent’s views on advice & where they would like to obtain their vitamins as part of Greater Manchester work on Healthy Start
  • 146 parents & parents-to-be questioned across GM
  • Different settings and areas over past month
  • One of three questionnaires completed by face to face contact
findings
Findings
  • 26 out of 146 receiving Healthy Start vouchers
  • 14 of the 26 do not claim the vitamins
  • In pregnancy 34 parents purchased/ or had purchased other pregnancy related vitamins
  • 10 parents bought children’s vitamins containing vitamin D
  • Of these 3 were receiving Healthy Start vouchers
significant findings
Significant Findings
  • Only 76 out of 146 parents had had someone discuss Healthy Start with them
  • 24 families appeared to be entitled to Healthy Start and needed to apply
  • 4 families needed to chase their applications
parent s preferences for stockists of vitamins
Parent’s preferences for stockists of vitamins

The most common place:

  • Supermarket including supermarket pharmacy
  • Community Pharmacy
  • General Practitioner’s surgery
  • Health Centre
different practices of health professionals
Different Practices of Health Professionals
  • Serological testing whole population
  • Symptomatic investigations
  • Treat universally with Vitamin D
  • Do nothing
issues from study
Issues from study
  • Access to vitamins currently an issue

(stocks in Health centres, manufacturers supply)

  • Parents not aware it is a voucher – no value
  • Professionals poorly informed (Lack of CPD, training)
  • Healthy Start & vitamin D do not appear in service specifications – not part of job!
  • No follow up by professionals following application
  • Time issues for professionals
  • Professionals making judgements about income levels
possible next steps depending on hia
Possible next steps depending on HIA
  • Public campaign to raise awareness of vitamin D and Healthy Start
  • Systematic training programme for all social care and NHS professionals including CPD
  • Student training
  • Work with Department of Health around vouchers
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