Table 1

Characteristics of studies included in EPOCH Collaboration

Trial name

Healthy Beginnings36 (RCT)

Nourish37(RCT)

The Melbourne InFANT Program38 (cluster RCT)

POI NZ39 (2×2 Factorial RCT)


Registration number

ACTRN12607000168459

ACTRN12608000056392

ISRCTN81847050

NCT00892983


Funding source

NHMRC

NHMRC

NHMRC

HRC New Zealand


Number randomised

N = 667 first time mothers

N = 698 first time mothers

N = 559 first time mothers

N = 400 first time mothers


Baseline data

Antenatal

Infant aged 4-6 months

Infant aged 3 months

Antenatal


Primary outcome

Child weight and height at 24 months

Child weight and height at 24 months

Child weight and height at 18 months

Child weight and height at 24 months


Usual care

Wk1 child health nurse home visit Self access to child health clinics

Self directed access to child health clinics

Access to 10 scheduled child health clinic visits

First 4 wks midwife home visits; Well Child (Plunkett) nurse: 8 visits in 5 yrs


Intervention mode

Home visits; 8 visits over 2 years (antenatal, 1, 3, 5, 9, 12, 18, 24 months); maternal advice

Two education peer support modules (6 fortnightly sessions each) commencing when infant 4-7 months and again at 13-16 months at community health venues

Six 2 hour sessions delivered at 3 monthly intervals within pre-existing mothers groups, commencing at 3 months (3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months)

3 groups: sleep (home visits at 3 wks, 4 months); healthy eating and activity (mix of 7 home visits and group based sessions at 1 wk + 3, 4, 7, 9, 12, 18 months) or both


Intervention content (in addition to usual care)

Sustaining breastfeeding; Timely solid food introduction; Responsive to child cues of hunger & satiety; Healthy child food intake; Reduced TV viewing; Promote active play; The "how" of child feeding (e.g. managing food fussiness)

Neutral repeated exposure to a variety of foods; Responsive to child cues of hunger & satiety; Healthy child food intake; Reduced TV viewing; Promote authoritative parenting style; The "how" of child feeding (e.g. managing food fussiness)

Responsive to child cues of hunger & satiety; Healthy child food intake; Reduced TV viewing; Promote active play; The "how" of child feeding (e.g. managing food fussiness)

Sustaining breastfeeding; Timely solid food introduction; Responsive to child cues of hunger & satiety; Healthy child food intake; Reduced TV viewing; Promote active play; The "how" of child feeding (e.g. managing food fussiness); Developing good sleep habits


Control group

Usual care plus written home safety/tobacco prevention information at f/up sessions plus three mail outs

Usual care plus quarterly newsletter on general child health messages excluding sleep, food and activity

Usual care plus quarterly newsletter on general child health messages excluding sleep, food and activity

Usual care


Askie et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:728   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-728

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