Strengthening Children’s Social-Emotional Well-Being and Ensuring a Parent-Led Agenda: Transforming the Pediatric Well-Child Visit through Technology
Child health providers need innovative tools, measures, and processes to help them play a critical role in strengthening families and promoting children’s optimal, healthy development, including social-emotional well-being. The Help Me Grow National Center and its project partners were funded to assess the degree to which pediatric primary care providers and parents mutually desire and perceive benefit from emerging tools that address concepts such as parent engagement with the well-child visit and early relational health. The project also sought to better understand the degree to which technology in the well-child visit setting can serve as a lever to scale such concepts through the embedding of an integrated, modular platform. The goal of the project was to address input from parents and providers to move toward technological intervention, with the potential to strengthen the well-child visit. The report covers joint project findings, as well as implications and recommendations from the project.
Providers were surveyed to better understand their interest in an integrated platform designed for implementation in the pediatric setting that would offer a variety of features, including pre-visit planning for parents based on national guidelines, accessible by providers ahead of the visit; a mechanism to ensure that families arrive to the visit informed about developmental milestones; and a mechanism to ensure families arrive to the visit informed about topics they can discuss with their provider.
At baseline, 62% of providers reported being very likely to choose a feature that enables families to be informed about developmental milestones, while 58% said they would be very likely to choose a feature that enables parents to be informed about topics to discuss with their provider. Only 39% of providers reported being very likely to choose a feature that enables pre-visit planning for parents.
62% of providers reported being very likely to choose a feature that enables families to be informed about developmental milestones.