The Pakistan Early Childhood Development Scale Up Trial
The purpose of this study if to evaluate whether the integration of early childhood psychosocial stimulation, alone or in combination with nutrition interventions, within a primary healthcare programme has beneficial outcomes for children up to 24 months of age in terms of motor, cognitive, communication and social functions in rural Pakistan.
In Pakistan, the "National Program for Family Planning and Primary Healthcare" delivers maternal and child health and nutrition services in rural and remote areas of Pakistan through community-based Lady Health Workers. The strengths of the programme include provision of services at grassroot levels, reinforcement of health messages and community acceptability. Given, the growing recognition that optimal early child development (ECD) also requires the integration of psychosocial care for development; the PEDS-Trial has been proposed to evaluate the benefits of psychosocial stimulation interventions and the feasibility of scaling up an ECD strategy within the primary healthcare system of Pakistan.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention
Growth & Development
Health Education, Early Child Development, Enhanced Nutrition Education
Project Office, Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health, AKU
Active, not recruiting
Aga Khan University
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00715936
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Education that increases the awareness and favorably influences the attitudes and knowledge relating to the improvement of health on a personal or community basis.
Area Health Education Centers
Education centers authorized by the Comprehensive Health Manpower Training Act, 1971, for the training of health personnel in areas where health needs are the greatest. May be used for centers other than those established by the United States act.
Health Education, Dental
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Education, Public Health Professional
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Early Intervention (education)
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