ERIC Number: ED339466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Preventive Health Care for Young Children: Findings from a 10-Country Study and Directions for United States Policy.
Williams, Bret C.; Miller, C. Arden
Earlier observations on U.S. infant health and survival as compared with other Western industrial democracies are extended in a study of preventive health services for children from infancy through adolescence and to the social benefit programs that support their families. This report looks at the condition of children in 10 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom), all of which have better infant survival rates than the United States and all of which share elements of pluralism in their systems of health care. Issues addressed are: mortality and immunization rates; the effectiveness of barriers to preventive health care; organization and delivery of care; family support systems; policy implications for the United States (financing health care, community providers, tracking and linkage). It is shown that broadly defined preventive health care for children not only improves their health, but also can be provided effectively in a variety of settings. The survey instrument and various related tables and figures are appended. Contains approximately 160 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Health, Children, Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, Health Promotion, Health Services, Infant Mortality, Infants, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Preventive Medicine, Public Health, Public Policy, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Well Being
National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, 2000 14th Street North, Suite 380, Arlington, VA 22201-2500 ($9.25, plus $3.00 for shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.; Bureau of Community Health Services (DHHS/HSA), Washington, DC. Office for Maternal and Child Health.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Europe (West); United States
Note: Portions of this report were previously presented at national conferences sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (Washington, DC, March 17-19, 1990) and by the National Foundation for Public Health Policy (Kansas City, MO, May 20-22, 1990).