Settling and Sleep Problems - Practice Resource

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    About the structure

    These resources are designed to be easy to use and inform professional practice. The structure of the Practice Resources enables access to information at different levels of detail depending on the user's needs.

    Each resource has the following structure:
    • Glossary
      Definitions of key terms.
    • Section 1: Introduction
      This includes definitions, how frequently problems occur, information about normal development (where relevant), effects of the problem, and whether the focus should be on promotion, prevention, or early intervention.
    • Section 2: What works?
      This includes a simple summary of the research and outlines what works and therefore the strategies that should be implemented. Whilst this section is brief, strategies are sufficiently detailed and specific for action. To support the professional there is also:
      Parent information: Pointers to existing web based parent information are provided. This information has been reviewed to ensure the messages are consistent with those in the resource.
      Key messages: A single page summary is provided outlining the most important messages for professionals and managers.
    • Section 3: What the research shows
      Annotated summary tables of the research evidence and intervention studies is included, with information provided about the level of evidence. Also included are the more detailed key research principles that are fully referenced.
    • References
      All references used to inform the resource are listed.

    To make these Practice Resources easy for professionals to access and use, references are not included within "Section 1: Introduction" and "Section 2: What Works". In "Section 3: What the research shows" references are included in the text. A full list of the references relevant to each topic can be found separately in the References section.

    Limitations of the resource

    For a number of topics there were limited numbers of well researched interventions and strategies available in the literature. Therefore it is important to note the following:

    • Where possible National Health and Medical Research Council principles of assessing evidence were applied to research reviewed. For some topics there was very little evidence of high quality.
    • Interventions and strategies included in the resources were based on a combination of research-based principles and expert advice.
    • It is highly likely that the evidence for most topics will change over the next few years; suggested strategies may require ongoing review.