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Programmatic and Administrative Barriers to High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Care.

CPQCC Publication
TitleProgrammatic and Administrative Barriers to High-Risk Infant Follow-Up Care.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsTang BG, Lee HC, Gray EE, Gould JB, Hintz SR
JournalAm J Perinatol
Date Published2018 Aug

OBJECTIVE:  This article characterizes programmatic features of a population-based network of high-risk infant follow-up programs and identifies potential challenges associated with attendance from the providers' perspective.

STUDY DESIGN:  A web-based survey of high-risk infant follow-up program directors, coordinators, and providers of a statewide high-risk infant follow-up system. Frequencies and percentages were used to describe the survey responses.

RESULTS:  Of the 68 high-risk infant follow-up programs in California, 56 (82%) responded to the survey. The first visit no-show rate between 10 and 30% was estimated by 44% of programs with higher no-show rates for subsequent visits. Common strategies to remind families of appointments were phone calls and mailings. Most programs (54%) did not have a strategy to help families who lived distant to the high-risk infant follow-up clinic.

CONCLUSION:  High-risk infant follow-up programs may lack resources and effective strategies to enhance follow-up, particularly for those living at a distance.

Alternate JournalAm J Perinatol
PubMed ID29439282