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

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Álvarez Gómez MJa, Soria Aznar Jb, Galbe Sánchez-Ventura Jc, Grupo de Pediatría para el Desarrollo de la Asociación Española de Pediatría de Atención Primariad

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. Email: 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. Importancia de la vigilancia del desarrollo psicomotor por el pediatra de Atención Primaria: revisión del tema y experiencia de seguimiento en una consulta en 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: Early care. Developmental disorders. Developmental delay. Developmental surveillance. Developmental screening. Monitoring development.


 


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