Observing the Content of Care During Well-Child Visits


Surveys of parents and pediatricians have shown that the content of care provided during well-child visits varies considerably from physician to physician and patient to patient. However, the extent of that variability, and whether it is appropriately based on each family's needs, remains in question. This project will enlist trained medical students in an effort to observe and document the content and processes of well-child care while it is being delivered by practitioners in their offices. Information based on these observations will be compared with recently published, age-specific benchmarks of good-quality care as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The results of this study will be used to inform practitioners and policymakers about the current status of preventive pediatric care and the opportunities available to improve that care.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
University of Utah
Principal Investigator:
Chuck Norlin, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 15, 2008

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