The costs of a community-based intervention to promote maternal health

Gold, Lisa, Shiell, Alan, Hawe, Penelope, Riley, Therese, Rankin, Bree and Smithers, Penny 2007, The costs of a community-based intervention to promote maternal health, Health education research: theory and practice, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 648-657.

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Title The costs of a community-based intervention to promote maternal health
Author(s) Gold, Lisa
Shiell, Alan
Hawe, Penelope
Riley, Therese
Rankin, Bree
Smithers, Penny
Journal name Health education research: theory and practice
Volume number 22
Issue number 5
Start page 648
End page 657
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Cary, N.C.
Publication date 2007-09
ISSN 0268-1153
1465-3648
Summary The costs of community-level interventions are rarely reported, although such insights are needed if intervention research is to be useful to practitioners seeking to understand what might be involved in replicating interventions in different contexts. We report the costs of a 2-year community-based intervention to promote the health of recent mothers in Victoria, Australia. Program of Resources, Information and Support for Mothers was an integrated programme of primary care and community-based strategies. It had health care professional training, health education and community development components as well as an emphasis on creating ‘mother-friendly’ environments. Costs included the programme costs [primarily the salaries of the community development officers (CDO) in the field] and also ‘induced’ costs that relate to the CDOs' successes in attracting additional resources to the intervention from the local community. The total cost averaged A$272 490 per rural community and A$313 900 per urban community, equivalent to A$172.40 and A$128.70 per mother, respectively. For every A$10 of public funds initially invested in the project, the CDOs were able to attract a further A$1–2 worth of local resources, predominantly in the form of volunteer time or donated services.
Language eng
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007172

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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