08 November 2018

FamilyWell-being in General Practice

14 million DKK for a research project to strengthen the mental health of families and children through the enhancement of developmental assessments in general practice.

Photo: Caroline Dorothea Poulsen

Trygfonden has granted 14 m. kr. to a research group at the institute’s Research Unit for General Practice. “We include families in the project at the first pregnancy examination and follow them through the preventive assessments until the child is 2 ½ years old. The family’s GP will receive training in assessment of the child’s psychomotor development, the parent-child interaction and using the new child record. The intervention group will also receive a web based psycho education (resilience training) tools to strengthen the well being of the family” says Professor Philip Wilson, head of the research project.

Photo: Nina Bonne Breum

The attendance rate for preventive pregnancy and child examinations in general practice is high. The child health examination was implemented more than 60 years ago and its purpose was to reduce infant mortality. Today most Danish children thrive physically; but there is an increase in psychosocial challenges. The research project ´Family Well-being in General Practice´ is based on pregnancy and child health assessments in general practice providing a unique opportunity to assess the well-being of the child and family and introduce supportive tools to the family at an early stage. In a pilot study conducted over the past year the child research group at the Research Unit for General Practice has tested a new child record with a strengthened focus on mental well-being. “The general practitioners in our pilot study have experienced the lack of a systematic approach to describe the mental well-being of the children; this was achieved with the new child record” says senior researcher Kirsten Lykke. The research group, which also includes Anette Graungaard, Gritt Overbeck and Jakob Kragstrup, collaborates with other researchers from the University of Copenhagen and universities in Aberdeen and Gothenburg. The project, which will test the intervention in a randomised trial with 100 general practitioners and in total 1,000 families, involves collaboration with other child researchers at the Institute.

The project will run over a 5-year period and the intervention has been developed in collaboration with the Committee on Health Information.