Skip to main content

Advertisement

Table 2 Characteristics from Child Health surveillance records of infants linked to health visitors

From: The effect of health visitors on breastfeeding in Glasgow

CHS Visit Characteristics Records linked to one HV/GP pair (n1 = 5401) Questionnaire returned (n2 = 3294) Dataset analysed (n3 = 2145) p (*)
  Mother's age – years (mean) 28.4 28.6 28.8 0.04a
  Mother employed (%) 56.2 58.2 61.4 <0.001b
  Mother smoker (%) 33.9 34.3 33.7 NSb
  Father's age – years (mean) 30.9 31.0 31.0 NSa
  Father employed (%) 82.0 82.9 83.8 NSb
  Father smoker (%) 43.0 41.7 42.4 NSb
  DEPCAT (mean) 5.0 4.9 4.9 0.04a
1 Age – days (mean) 13.2 13.1 13.2 NSa
  Any breastfeeding (%) 37.8 38.9 38.9 NSb
  Only breastfeeding (%) 33.5 34.7 35.2 NSb
2 Age – days (mean) 50.3 50.3 50.3 NSa
  Any breastfeeding (%) 31.4 32.0 32.0 NSb
  Only breastfeeding (%) 23.1 23.5 24.1 NSb
3 Age – days (mean) 254 253 252 NSa
  Ever breastfed (%) 45.7 46.7 45.8 NSb
  Breastfeeding now (%) 20.2 20.4 20.6 NSb
  Age stopped – weeks (mean) 3.4 3.5 3.6 NSa
  1. * Difference between column n1 and column n3
  2. a t-test for significance of difference of means
  3. b Chi-squared test for significance of difference in proportions
  4. DEPCAT measures material deprivation using small area census data which correlate closely with morbidity and mortality data [11].
  5. DEPCAT 1 = most affluent postcode sectors, DEPCAT 7 = most deprived postcode sectors.
  6. CHS is Child Health Surveillance Programme which includes standard visits to all infants throughout the UK [20].