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Worth Repeating: Impact of Implementing Developmental Screening at 12 and 24 Months in a Pediatric Practice - featured July 29, 2011

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Impact of Implementing Developmental Screening at 12 and 24 Months in a Pediatric Practice

By: Hollie Hix-Small, PhDa, Kevin Marks, MD, Jane Squires, PhD, Robert Nickel, MD

[Source: the Journal Pediatrics]

Objectives
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness and costs of incorporating a parent-completed developmental screening tool, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, into the 12- and 24-month well-child visits under “real-world” conditions, using a combined in-office and mail-back data collection protocol.

Methods
A convenience sample of 1428 caregivers and children presenting for their 12- or 24-month well-child visit between April 2005 and March 2006 participated. Children with identified delays or disorders were excluded. Board-certified pediatricians (n = 18) and nurse practitioners (n = 2) acted as secondary participants. Pediatricians were blinded to Ages and Stages Questionnaire results when completing the Pediatric Developmental Impression. Patients with delayed Ages and Stages Questionnaire or Pediatric Developmental Impression results were referred for additional evaluation.

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Tags: Article Newsletter 29 July 2011