ERIC Number: ED285379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
High Priority Infant Tracking Project. Final Report.
Biro, Patricia J.; And Others
The study compared the effectiveness of the Washington State High Priority Infant Tracking Project in maintaining high risk infants in continuing health care, determining health and developmental outcomes, and surveying the use of community resources with other state tracking projects. The project identifies infants during the first 30 days of life according to 17 criteria incorporating medical, social, and environmental risk factors. Data is collected on infants at 3, 6, 18, 24, and 36 months of age via a questionnaire administered to the primary care provider. More than 85% of the high priority infants identified and enrolled have been maintained in ongoing health care and developmental surveillance. The largest groups of high priority infants had low birthweights. Medical problems identified at 3 and 6 months were predictive of later medical problems. Developmental problems identified at 6 months were predictive of later developmental problems. A significant relationship between early health problems and later developmental problems was identified. The overall incidence of health problems in the sample population was 40% and of developmental problems was 20%. A literature review demonstrating the need for such a tracking program precedes the study. Project evaluation results, minutes of a State Advisory Committee meeting at which the project was reviewed, and a transcript of the project procedures manual conclude the document. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD. Bureau of Health Care Delivery and Assistance.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Child Development and Mental Retardation Center.; Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia. Div. of Health.
Identifiers - Location: Washington