Social Determinants and Health Disparities Associated With Outcomes of Women of Childbearing Age Who Receive Public Health Nurse Home Visiting Services

Karen A Monsen, Joan K. Brandt, Bonnie L. Brueshoff, Chih Lin Chi, Michelle A. Mathiason, Sadie M. Swenson, Diane R. Thorson

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Objective To examine the associations between social and behavioral determinants of health (SBDH), health disparities, and the outcomes of women who received public health nurse home visits for pregnancy and parenting support. Design Observational exploratory data analysis and comparative outcome evaluation. Setting An extant dataset from women served in a Midwestern U.S. state, including demographics and Omaha System problems, signs/symptoms, interventions, and outcome assessments. Participants Women (N = 4,263) with an average age of 23.6 years (SD = 6.1); 21.4% were married, and 39.1% were White. Methods An evaluation dataset was constructed that included all women of childbearing age, their demographics, and outcome assessments. A summative SBDH Index based on Institute of Medicine-recommended instruments was computed based on sign/symptom data. Visualizations were developed using Microsoft Excel, and outcome significance statistics were computed using SPSS version 22 and SAS version 9.4. Results Outcome evaluation showed positive, significant changes from baseline after public health nurse intervention. Visualization showed variable concentrations of problem-specific signs/symptoms by SBDH Index subgroups. There were between-group differences in overall outcome attainment across SBDH Index subgroups. Compared with White women, minority women had greater improvement; however, despite these gains overall minority final ratings were lower. Conclusion An informatics approach showed that SBDH are important factors for understanding a comprehensive and holistic view of health and health care outcomes. There is potential to use large datasets to further explore intervention effectiveness and progress toward health equity related to SBDH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-303
Number of pages12
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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© 2017 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses


  • Omaha System
  • data
  • health disparities
  • informatics
  • interventions
  • maternal–child health
  • outcomes
  • social determinants
  • visualization


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