A randomized controlled trial of the provision of a social support service during pregnancy: the South Manchester Family Worker Project

Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1989 Mar;96(3):281-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1989.tb02387.x.


A pilot scheme was introduced in Manchester to provide additional social support to pregnant women at above average risk of giving birth to a low-birthweight baby. The help of lay workers, known as family workers, was made available to eligible women. The effect on infant birthweight of offering the help of a family worker was assessed by a randomized controlled trial. No significant differences were observed between the experimental and control group, but on a number of grounds the interpretation of this finding is not straightforward, and further research is recommended.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Allied Health Personnel / supply & distribution
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • England
  • Family Health
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Home Care Services / supply & distribution*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Small for Gestational Age
  • Pregnancy / psychology*
  • Pregnancy Outcome*
  • Random Allocation
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Environment*
  • Social Support*