Early intervention programs using volunteers for child development and nutrition: a mixed methods systematic review protocol

Theodora Machaira, Liane Beretta Azevedo, Sharon Hamilton, Louisa Jane Ells, Raghu Lingam, Janet Shucksmith

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Review question/objective:

The overall aim of this mixed methods systematic review is to explore the effectiveness and experience of early intervention programs using volunteers, peer supporters and community champions with the aim of improving one or more of the following outcomes of children from conception to two years:

• Cognitive development•Social and emotional development
• Speech and language•Nutrition.

Specifically the review questions are:

•Are community-based interventions using non-paid volunteers/peers effective in improving cognitive, social and emotional development, speech, language and nutrition?
•What is the level of engagement (number of sessions attended, adherence) with such interventions in trial settings?
•What are the experiences of families/caregivers of engaging in such interventions?
•What are the reported
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-56
Number of pages13
JournalJBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


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