The effect of frequency of visits is an important variable as shown in another
study, where weekly visits proved better than biweekly visits, which proved better
than monthly visits in sustaining the effect of intervention (Powell and Grantham-McGreger,
Conclusion of review
1. Home visitor programmes are particularly useful' for rural settings where
problems of isolation and lack of transportation make it difficult for families
to participate in centre based programmes and also for urban families where members
may be uncomfortable with traditional health programmes.
2. High risk clients are more susceptible to interventions.
3. It is preferable to use para professionals as they are culturally more acceptable
to low income families and also connect with other agencies or personnel.
4. The home visitor needs to be carefully selected and also supervised for
the programme to be effective.
The above review highlights the importance of "home visitor" programmes and
the area of maternal -child health and its usefulness in child development programmes.
The present study is hence an attempt to study the usefulness of such a programme
in the Indian setting.