Following Baby Back Home (FBBH)

Last updated: May 2020

In Brief

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” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.

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Model Description

Following Baby Back Home (FBBH) serves families residing in Arkansas with medically complex, high-risk infants discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (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 high-risk 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. FBBH offers services immediately following the infant’s discharge from the NICU until the child's third birthday. FBBH includes two home visits per month for the first two months after enrollment, one home visit per month until the child is one year old, and one visit every other month until the child's third birthday. For more information, please read the Model Overview.


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Extent of Evidence

Results of Research and Review
Number of studies
Eligible for review
Rated high
Rated moderate
Rated low
Additional source1

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

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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.

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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?
Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in at least two outcome domains within one sample OR the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?
Favorable impacts on full sample?
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?1
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?1

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


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