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Postpartum Contact
Narrative

The postpartum contact indicator is defined as the percentage of families who consented to a post-partum phone call under the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program and who received a post-partum phone call or contact from the health unit within 48 hours of release from hospital after giving birth.

The postpartum contact by a public health nurse is a universal component of the HBHC program where new mothers who consent are contacted within 48 hours of discharge from hospital or after a home birth, and offered a home visit, counseling, support and information about community services on parenting and healthy child development.

The data in Table 2: Indicators by Public Health Unit show the percentage of mothers contacted within 48 hours of hospital discharge. This definition is consistent with the target used by the HBHC program, and the HBHC Protocol 45 under the Child Health standard of the OPHS. It is important to note, however, that the method of contact under this definition includes all types of contact including person to person contact, phone messages, and letters; there is no way of ensuring that a message or letter was received by the new mother. This indicator therefore does not measure the effectiveness or success of the HBHC program. Rather, it gives an indication of the extent of work and resources expended by public health units attempting to make contact with every new mother in their community.

Indicator Definition

Definition:

The postpartum contact indicator is defined as the percentage of families who consented to a post-partum phone call under the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program and who received a post-partum phone call or contact from the health unit within 48 hours of release from hospital after giving birth.

Data Source(s):

Numerator: Integrated Services for Children Information System, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Denominator: Integrated Services for Children Information System, Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Formula:

# of families who were contacted by the health unit within 48 hours of hospital discharge (2007 calendar year)

# of families (with or without a Parkyn) who consented to be contacted by the health unit (2007 calendar year)
x 100

Notes:

  • Data extracted on July 27, 2008
  • Not based on all live births. Families must have consented to receiving an HBHC phone call
  • Items 21.1/21.0 on the ISCIS extract report were used

45 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Healthy babies healthy children protocol. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2009 from: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/pubhealth/oph_standards/ophs/
progstds/protocols/hbhc.pdf
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