Improving the Nurse-Family Partnership in Community Practice

A pediatrician, during a home visit with new mom and her twin babies.

This article identifies challenges within the Nurse-Family Partnership model and identifies approaches to address these challenges.

The Issue:
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides home visits to vulnerable families to strengthen pregnancy and child development outcomes.

Key Findings

  • Examples of studies conducted to improve the NFP model include programs to address participant retention, caregiver-child interactions, intimate-partner violence, pregnancy planning, and maternal depression.

  • Challenges identified in the process of conducting this research included the administrative burden of participation in research, difficulty establishing research priorities, and the incorporation of research findings back into the NFP model.

The NFP is a successful model that must continue to evolve to reach its full potential for helping families and children. To this end, the program has conducted research in several areas in order to maximize the program's impact.

About the Study:
This article presents a framework for identifying challenges within the NFP model and discusses the NFP's role in addressing a variety of problems faced by vulnerable families. The authors also identify common challenges that occur while conducting research in non-traditional settings and implementing findings from research into ongoing programs.