Addressing Pediatric Developmental and Mental Health in Primary Care Using Tele-Education
This study evaluates the effectiveness of an early childhood tele-education program in preparing community pediatric clinicians to manage developmental and mental health disorders in young children. Community pediatric clinicians from rural, underserved, or school-based health center practices in the mid-Atlantic region participated in a weekly tele-education videoconference. There was a significant knowledge gain evidenced by the percentage of questions answered correctly from pre- to post- didactic exposure (P < .001). Participants reported an increase in knowledge from pre- (P < .001) and in confidence from pre- to post- participation (P < .001). Practice management changes demonstrated an encouraging trend toward managing patients in the Medical Home, as compared with immediately deferring to specialists following participation. This early childhood tele-education videoconferencing program is a promising response to the urgent need to confidently increase the role of pediatricians in the provision of care for childhood developmental and mental health disorders.
Harrison, J. N., Steinberg, J., Wilms Floet, A. M. L., Grace, N., Menon, D., German, R... & Leppert, M. L. O. C. Addressing pediatric developmental and mental health in primary care using tele-education. Clinical Pediatrics, 61(1), 46-55. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/00099228211059644?casa_token=OH3t9Wu5eWkAAAAA:Z 12FzyiLATUXNmv-fdede9XpacVh5FJaDEVRmxzk_jbfInzxJVREJhUYpZ03hRqmuGwCBoLp9w.