Communicating with Parents About Developmental Screening in Primary Care


One of the obstacles to the adoption of structured developmental screening by pediatric practices is the difficulty physicians have in communicating screening results to parents and in referring families to appropriate intervention services. This project will develop, evaluate, and disseminate communication guidelines for pediatricians, including specific language and key messages. Such guidelines would provide doctors with the comfort and confidence needed to discuss screening results, and their implications, with parents. By reducing physicians' apprehension regarding the use of structured screening, rates for early detection and intervention should increase and, ultimately, long-term outcomes for children with developmental delays should improve.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Boston Medical Center Corporation
Principal Investigator:
Laura Sices, M.D., M.S.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 15, 2008

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