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Following Baby Back Home (FBBH)

In Brief

Last Updated

May 2018


Evidence of Model Effectiveness

This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model.”


Model Description

Following Baby Back Home (FBBH) serves families residing in Arkansas with medically complex, high-risk infants discharged from the NICU. FBBH aims to reduce morbidity and mortality rates among medically complex, high-risk infants by reducing preventable infant rehospitalizations, improving adherence to infant medical appointments and immunizations, and increasing families’ skills and self-efficacy in caring for their preterm infants. The model consists of home visits with a registered nurse and a licensed social worker. The home visiting team provides care coordination, helps families identify local resources to meet the infant’s service needs, and provides referrals to support families’ social functioning and overall well-being. Families are enrolled immediately following the infant’s discharge from the NICU and services are offered until the child is 3 years old. FBBH includes two home visits per month for the first two months after enrollment, one home visit per month until the child is 1 year of age, and one visit every other month until the child is age 3. For more information, please read the Model Overview.


Extent of Evidence

Results of Research and ReviewNumber of Studies for Following Baby Back Home (FBBH)
Released from 1979 to 2017 3
Eligible for review 3
     Rated high 0
     Rated moderate 0
     Rated low 2
     Additional sources1 1

1Additional sources overlap with another study and are not rated.

For more information, see the study database. For more information on the criteria used to determine the study ratings, please read Producing Study Ratings.


Summary of Findings

HomVEE reports results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings. No such studies were identified for this review of FBBH.


Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services

Information Based on Comprehensive Review of All High- and Moderate-Impact Studies for this Model
High- or moderate-quality impact study? No
Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in…
   at least two outcome domains within one sample
   the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?
Favorable impacts on full sample? NA
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?1 NA
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?1 NA

NA = not applicable.

1This information is reported for all models, but the requirements for sustained findings and inclusion in a peer-reviewed journal only apply to models for which all findings are from randomized controlled trials.

Please read the HHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Models for more information.