Continuity of care between obstetrical and pediatric preventive care: Indicators of nonattendance at the first well-child appointment

Lindsey K. Grossman, Aloysius J. Humbert, Michelle Powell

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Abstract

This study evaluates appointment behavior for first well-child visits for first-born children and identifies factors that target infants at increased likelihood for missing their first pediatric appointment. Timely appointments were not scheduled for 10.3% of newborns; 20.1% of those scheduling did not keep the first appointment. Younger, less educated mothers who did not remember when they had learned about well-baby care, and mothers of infants in the newborn intensive care unit were unlikely to schedule the appointment; young mothers learning about well care from friends or relatives and who chose a pediatrician without a previous prenatal visit were more likely to miss the child's first appointment. Prenatal pediatric visits as well as prenatal classes and written materials may improve compliance with the first well-child appointment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-569
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume35
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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