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J Pediatr. 2011 Apr;158(4):666-671.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.09.059. Epub 2010 Nov 11.

Mental and behavioral health screening at preventive visits: opportunities for follow-up of patients who are nonadherent with the next preventive visit.

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  • 1Institute for Community Health, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA 02141, USA. Khacker@challiance.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the type of subsequent care received by children nonadherent with their next preventive visit and whether behavioral factors predict use of emergency or acute care in this population.

STUDY DESIGN:

Data on 1703 children (4-16 years) screened at a preventive visit with the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)/Youth-PSC were examined to determine subsequent preventive care adherence (10-18 months later). Then, nonadherent children were monitored to determine whether they returned to their medical home for acute care, delayed preventive care, or visited the emergency department (ED). Multivariate analyses were conducted to determine whether demographic and behavioral factors predicted return to either acute care or ED care site.

RESULTS:

Of the 461 children who were nonadherent with a second preventive care visit, most (85%) subsequently returned for acute, emergency, or delayed preventive care in the same medical system. Predictors of acute care or ED use included behavioral health risk characteristics (positive PSC, counseling, referral, parental concern), as well as adolescent age, self-pay and public insurance status, and living in lower socioeconomic communities.

CONCLUSIONS:

Pediatricians should consider acute care or ED visits as opportunities for mental health screening follow-up, and intervention in populations at high risk who miss preventive care.

Copyright © 2011 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
21074180
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