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Table 3 Strategies and therapeutic interventions offered by universal (HV) and Flying Start (FS) health visitors plus referral to other agencies

From: Promoting children’s health when a parent has a mental health problem: a mixed methods study of the experiences and views of health visitors and their co-workers

 HVFSOverallp-value
Strategies suggested to mother
1. Attend Flying Start (if eligible)25% (n = 19/77)85% (n = 60/71)54% (n = 87/160)< 0.001
2. Attend a peer support group (not HV led)43% (n = 33/77)55% (n = 39/71)48% (n = 77/160)0.142
3. Access facilitated self-help31% (n = 24/77)35% (n = 25/71)36% (n = 57/160)0.602
4. Attend a peer support group (HV led)23% (n = 18/77)28% (n = 20/71)29% (n = 46/160)0.505
5. Contact a peer-led telephone support service6% (n = 5/77)8% (n = 6/71)8% (n = 13/160)0.650
Intervention by health visitor
1. Offer more one to one contacts97% (n = 75/77)99% (n = 70/71)98% (n = 157/160)0.608
2. Offer a package of listening visits/non-directive counselling explain in discussion84% (n = 65/77)90% (n = 64/71)87% (n = 139/160)0.298
3. Offer MHFA (mental health first aid) support12% (n = 9/77)7% (n = 5/71)11% (n = 18/160)0.335
Referral to other agencies
1. Refer to the GP95% (n = 73/77)99% (n = 70/71)97% (n = 155/160)0.203
2. Refer to perinatal mental health services82% (n = 63/77)79% (n = 56/71)81% (n = 129/160)0.652
3. Refer to mental health services56% (n = 43/77)68% (n = 48/71)62% (n = 99/160)0.142
4. Refer to voluntary agencies/third sector services42% (n = 32/77)31% (n = 22/71)36% (58/160)0.182
5. Refer to family intervention services, e.g. family therapy25% (n = 19/77)21% (n = 15/71)24% (39/160)0.608