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Jury Out On Effectiveness Of Home-Based Support For Poor Mothers

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Numerous, disparate programs have experimented with the concept of home-based support both in the United States and Europe. The problem is that there is no evidence the programs work, according to a new review of studies.

The inconclusive results do not necessarily mean that home-visiting programs are ineffective, said review co-author Geraldine Macdonald "The jury is still out, hence the need for more research."

Still, it would be helpful if researchers "could spend some time deciding what sorts of problems and people might