Article not rated

Vol. 11 - Num. 41

Original Papers

Importance of the developmental surveillance by Primary Care pediatricians: review of the topic and experience of follow up in a practice in Navarra

María José Álvarez Gómeza, J Soria Aznarb, José Galbe Sánchez-Venturac, Grupo de Pediatría para el Desarrollo de la Asociación Española de Pediatría de Atención Primaria

aPediatra. CS Mendillorri. Servicio Navarro Salud-Osasunbidea. Navarra. España.
bPediatra. CS Chantrea. Servicio Navarro Salud-Osasunbidea. Navarra. España.
cPediatra. CS Torrero La Paz. Zaragoza. España.

Correspondence: MJ Álvarez. E-mail: malvareg@cfnavarra.es

Reference of this article: Álvarez Gómez MJ, Soria Aznar J, Galbe Sánchez-Ventura J, Grupo de Pediatría para el Desarrollo de la Asociación Española de Pediatría de Atención Primaria. Importance of the developmental surveillance by Primary Care pediatricians: review of the topic and experience of follow up in a practice in Navarra. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2009;11:65-87.

Published in Internet: 31-03-2009

Abstract

The early identification of children with developmental delays/disorders or with risk factors for development outcomes is important in our practice as primary care pediatricians. Developmental surveillance in well-child visits provides an ideal opportunity for early identification of children with developmental difficulties in order to make a timely referral for accurate diagnosis and early intervention programs.

This is a retrospective study of 472 children 0-6 years born between 1996 and 2002, followed up in a primary care practice in Navarra during 6 years.

Eight and sixty-eight percent of children 0-6 years presented developmental delays /disorders or risk factors for development outcomes. Along the follow up, 51.21% of them have suffered from some development difficulties. Adding the remainder normal population who didn't seem to need special surveillance to the six years follow up, 11.2% of children 0-6 years presented with some developmental or learning disabilities.

Keywords

Developmental delay Developmental disorders Developmental screening Developmental surveillance Early care Monitoring development

 

Comments

This article has no comments yet.