Quality Improvements in Primary Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Use of a Brief Screening Measure

Janet E. Farmer, Wendi E. Marien, Lori Frasier

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Abstract

With the goal of identifying a population of children in primary care settings who may benefit from quality improvements in their care, we examined a new method of screening children for chronic health conditions. Parents of children treated in a pediatric clinic (N = 769) completed the screening measure. Approximately 1 in 5 children had a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition, which is similar to prevalence rates in national surveys. Among children with chronic conditions (n = 162), 79% required prescription medications, 70% had above-average service use, and 28% had functional limitations. The use of the screener in primary care settings has the potential to identify a vulnerable group of children who need comprehensive and coordinated care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-285
Number of pages13
JournalChildren's Health Care
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

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Quality Improvement
Primary Health Care
Delivery of Health Care
Prescriptions
Parents
Pediatrics
Population

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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In: Children's Health Care, Vol. 32, No. 4, 01.01.2003, p. 273-285.

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