Home-visit services for the families with newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Isaka Yukari
    Doctoral Program in Human Care Science, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
  • Hori Ai
    Department of Global Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
  • Tabuchi Takahiro
    Cancer Control Center, Osaka International Cancer Institute, Osaka, Japan.
  • Okawa Sumiyo
    Cancer Control Center, Osaka International Cancer Institute, Osaka, Japan. Institute for Global Health Policy Research, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Ichikawa Masao
    Department of Global Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

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Abstract

<p>Home-visit services are provided to families with newborns as means of parenting support. These services potentially are playing major roles during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, where people have been socially isolated. However, the pandemic has deterred the use of this service to some extent. From the Japan "COVID-19 and Society" Internet Survey, we identified that 15% of the survey respondents who delivered between January 2020 and October 2020 refused home visit services. The proportion of the services used during the pandemic (85%) was lower than those used before the pandemic (95%). Home-visit services provide a unique opportunity for public health nurses to assess the risk of postpartum depression and child maltreatment in the family; thus, families with newborns should be instructed to receive home-visit services as well as child immunization and health checkups, despite the continuation of the pandemic. </p>

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  • GHM Open

    GHM Open 1 (1), 38-39, 2021-08-29

    National Center for Global Health and Medicine

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