Home Visits Lessen Emergency Care for Infants!

There are many costs associated with a newborn! Most people recognize the expense of clothing, diapers, furniture, and all the physical items that a child requires. Doctor visits and emergency health care are issues that are frequently unaccounted for in a new parent’s budget, and the costs can be staggering. New research from Duke University is providing a potential solution to this problem.

The study analyzes families who had frequent in-home visits by nurses during the months following a child’s birth. Researchers found infants whose families were visited by nurses had 50 percent fewer emergency care episodes than those in the control group. Also exciting is the researchers’ explanation of the relatively cost-effective approach that they developed for these home visits. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on hospital stays or emergency room visits, “the Durham Connects program costs an average of $700 per family.”

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