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Research shows efficacy of treatment model developed at Women & Infants
Date:4/19/2012

Having a new baby brings much joy to a new family. But for a family whose baby cries for hours on end, fusses through feedings, or has difficulty sleeping, the joy may be overshadowed by feelings of helplessness and frustration. The treatment of that infant and that family will impact the parent-child relationship for years to come.

Research has recently been published in the Infant Mental Health Journal that supports an integrated model of care that is found at the Infant Behavior, Cry and Sleep Clinic at the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Lead author on the research is Amy Salisbury, PhD.

Over a two-year period, Dr. Salisbury and her colleagues at Women & Infants studied 61 families who were dealing with infant cry and sleep issues, most often colic. The infants treated with the Infant Behavior, Cry and Sleep Clinic's model of integrated care vs. those infants who had standard pediatric care had fewer contacts with community medical care providers in all weeks following the first treatment session and experienced a more rapid decline in the amount of crying per day.

"More than 70% of the families in the integrated care group reported that participation in the study helped their family and their infant, compared to less than 30% of the families in the standard care group," said Dr. Salisbury.

According to Dr. Salisbury, integrated care is a family-based intervention provided by two clinicians, a developmental pediatrician and a mental health clinician, that treats the infant's symptoms as well as the impact that colic has on the larger family system and the infant-parent relationship. The families received individualized treatment plans addressing problems in the areas of sleep, feeding, routine, and family mental health.

Infants in the integrated care group were seen for three sessions over a 10-week period. Infants in the standard pedia
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Contact: Amy Blustein
ablustein@wihri.org
401-681-2822
Women & Infants Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

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